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Last Updated: Tuesday, 12 August, 2003, 19:24 GMT 20:24 UK
Jail threat over racist word
Michael Guilfoyle
Guilfoyle hurled racist abuse at a council housing officer
A man could be the first in the UK to be jailed for using a specific term of abuse after a court banned him for life from using it.

Michael Guilfoyle faces being imprisoned for using the word "Paki" in public, under the terms of an anti-social behaviour order, imposed by magistrates in Manchester.

Guilfoyle, 31, has also been told he could be prosecuted for behaving anti-socially or using insulting, abusive or homophobic language.

Manchester City Council brought the prosecution after Guilfoyle, of Ardwick, Manchester referred to two housing officers in racist and homophobic ways, the court heard.

Guilfoyle also made a series of abusive phone calls to council officials over a housing application.

Under the terms of the order, Guilfoyle was banned from abusing council housing staff and employees of North British Housing, approaching or communicating with witnesses, threatening violence or attempting criminal damage.

Let there be no doubt, Manchester Housing will take action against tenants...if they use racist language or threatening behaviour
Councillor Basil Curley
If he breaches it, he could face a maximum five years in jail.

After the order was imposed Manchester councillor Basil Curley said the use of offensive language and behaviour will not be tolerated.

"Let there be no doubt in people's minds. Manchester Housing will take action against tenants, their children and visitors if they use racist language or threatening behaviour," he said.

A spokeswoman for Manchester City Council said she did not know of another case like it in the UK.

The order, imposed last Thursday, came less than a month after a football fan was banned from all Premiership and Nationwide League grounds for three years after using the word "Paki" in racist chants.

Port Vale supporter Sean Ratcliffe, 21, from Stoke-on-Trent, was also fined 150 and ordered to pay 120 in costs after he was convicted.




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The BBC's Stuart Flinders
"Manchester council believes it has struck a blow to protect the city's racial minorities"



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