A 20-year-old man who used the Wetherspoon app to send a banana to a man’s table in a pub has been found guilty of a racially-motivate hate crime.
Louie Kincella sent the banana to Mark D’arcy-Smith’s table at the Richmal Crompton in Bromley, south-east London.
Mr D’arcy-Smith, 25, said he felt “highly humiliated” and believed it was a racially-motivated act.
When Kincella was arrested at his home, he admitted to ordering the banana but claimed he did it “for a joke” and he did not intend for it to be sent to any table but his, reports The Mirror.
Kincella, of Mottingham, was found guilty of a racially aggravated offence under the Public Order Act when he appeared at Bexley Magistrates’ Court.
He was fined £600 and ordered to pay costs of £620. He has been banned from the pub.
Mr D’arcy-Smith, from Bromley, was having a drink with a friend after work when the banana was sent to his table on November 8, 2019.
Mr D’arcy-Smith, from London, was left traumatised by the racist act (Image: Mark D’arcy-Smith/SWNS)
Speaking after the incident last year, Mr D’Arcy-Smith said: “We both looked at each other then looked at the banana. It clicked that it wasn’t ours. It was clearly sent by someone who was trying to be racist.”
Officers arrested Kincella at his home on January 17 this year.
A police spokesperson said: “While he did not deny being in the pub and admitted to ordering the banana, he insisted it was done ‘for a joke’ and he did not intend it to go anywhere other than his own table.”
After Kincella was sentenced, Mr D’Arcy-Smith wrote on Facebook: “I went to court a couple days ago to see the conclusion of the wetherspoons banana situation. The judge found the defendant guilty!
“He was fined £1200. Conclusion? Don’t be racist.”
Detective Inspector Stuart Hart, head of the Safeguarding Team at the South Area Command Unit, which covers Bromley and Croydon boroughs, said: “Hate crimes are a priority for the Met and we take all allegations very seriously. We know these are historically under-reported and would urge any victims to come forward and report to us – or to one of our third party partners if they feel more comfortable talking to them.”
A Wetherspoon spokesperson told Mirror Online: “Wetherspoon can confirm that the man is barred from the pub where the incident took place.
“The manager of the pub contacted the victim at the time to apologise on behalf of the pub and the company.”