Mansfield alcoholic jailed for racially abusing neighbour

A man who admitted making threats to kill a man in the flat above him in Mansfield has been jailed for 12 months.

A judge told Mark Celba (50), of Shireoaks Court, he was an alcoholic and a racist.

Victim Nicholas Bramwell was woken in the early hours of 24th May by Celba screaming racial abuse, which went on for at least 10 minutes, Nottingham Crown Court heard.

Mr Bramwell was the only black person in the building and Celba was shouting: “Die ... I’m going to kill you,” said Paul Stimson, prosecuting on Friday (12th July).

Police went to the premises, where a drunken Celba continued to shout abuse even after his arrest.

Nine months earlier he had been sentenced to a supervision order for threatening Mr Bramwell while armed with an iron bar, the court was told.

On this latest occasion he said he had drunk a litre of vodka and some lager. He expressed his remorse.

The court heard he had served a 90-day prison sentence in the past for common assault.

In mitigation it was said he had voluntarily sought help for his alcohol problem.

The judge, Recorder Andrew Easteal told him the racial element was a serious aggravating feature.

“At the time you were subject to a court order. The language you used, coupled with the threats to kill mean there must be an immediate sentence of imprisonment,” said the judge.