Chafford Hundred dad of Chelsea star John Terry is cleared of racism charges

Chafford Hundred dad of Chelsea star John Terry is cleared of racism charges

Chafford Hundred dad of Chelsea star John Terry is cleared of racism charges

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Basildon Recorder: Matt Abbott by , Chief Reporter

FOOTBALL star John Terry's father has been cleared of a racist attack on an Asian man.

Ted Terry, 59, was accused of racially abusing railway customer services worker Amarjit Talafair before headbutting him outside a City of London pub on March 22 last year.

A jury of seven men and five women took an hour and 20 minutes to find him not guilty at the Old Bailey of one count of racially-aggravated common assault after a five-day trial.

Terry, of Lennox Close, Chafford Hundred, was also cleared of one count of racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

Terry's colleagues, former schoolboy boxing champion Stephen Niland, 36, of Romford, and Moldova-born Tudor Musteata, 47, of south east London, were also found not guilty of racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

Outside court, Terry said he was "relieved".

He said: "It's been a hard year for all of us. We all felt it was nothing, really. It was stupid."

Defence barristers argued that the prosecution's witnesses all knew each other and had conspired together to back up the racist abuse claims.

Mr Talafair said that he had suffered no injury from Terry's alleged headbutt because he was able to get out of the way in time and admitted calling Terry "fat" and "bald" during the stand-off.

Mr Talafair reported the incident to police the following day after researching Terry online.

Giving evidence, Terry admitted putting his face against Mr Talafair's and calling him a name, but denied headbutting him or racially abusing him.

The father of two and grandfather of six told the jury: "I just said 'f*** off, go back downstairs', things like that. It wasn't no racist stuff."

Terry also denied racially abusing station cleaner Bakeba Mansuila as the group made their way towards the station - although no charges were brought over that incident.

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5:50pm Fri 21 Mar 14

LinfordsLunchbox says...

His son is a millionaire footballer and he lives in chaffrica, ha
His son is a millionaire footballer and he lives in chaffrica, ha LinfordsLunchbox
  • Score: -17

5:57pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Living the La Vida Legra says...

Money can't buy you Love but it can.................
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Money can't buy you Love but it can................. .................. Living the La Vida Legra
  • Score: -23

6:55pm Fri 21 Mar 14

supermadmax says...

Great news!

Hopefully the police will now be free to press charges for making false allegations.
Great news! Hopefully the police will now be free to press charges for making false allegations. supermadmax
  • Score: 25

7:41am Sat 22 Mar 14

reg reg says...

hes a rat & a convicted drug dealer & his scanky old bint is a shoplifter
but hes not a racist & neither is his son
class pure class
hes a rat & a convicted drug dealer & his scanky old bint is a shoplifter but hes not a racist & neither is his son class pure class reg reg
  • Score: -16

9:35pm Sat 22 Mar 14

Marcus P says...

The word racist is thrown around so much it has lost its impact. Racist yeah what ever.
The word racist is thrown around so much it has lost its impact. Racist yeah what ever. Marcus P
  • Score: 24

5:43am Sun 23 Mar 14

Thurrockbob says...

He is complete scum and his mrs a thief, he is also an arrogant turd as are his sons. Still money talks I suppose.
He is complete scum and his mrs a thief, he is also an arrogant turd as are his sons. Still money talks I suppose. Thurrockbob
  • Score: -12

7:31am Mon 24 Mar 14

Drunken Master says...

What a complete and utter waste of tax payers money!! So he called someone a nasty name, big deal. Grown men acting like schoolkids and the tax payer foots the bill.
What a complete and utter waste of tax payers money!! So he called someone a nasty name, big deal. Grown men acting like schoolkids and the tax payer foots the bill. Drunken Master
  • Score: 22

3:10pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Jb66 says...

The acorn never fell far from the tree did it. Like father like son. Of course he did said it.
The acorn never fell far from the tree did it. Like father like son. Of course he did said it. Jb66
  • Score: -13

3:12pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Jb66 says...

John Terry's father fined for racial abuse - two months after allegations of racially-aggravated assault!

Says it all really.
John Terry's father fined for racial abuse - two months after allegations of racially-aggravated assault! Says it all really. Jb66
  • Score: 0

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