TWO people have admitted to racially insulting Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf and making offensive remarks against other SNP politicians.
Tracie Currie, 35, and Carl O’Brien, 25, pleaded guilty in Dundee Sheriff’s Court on Wednesday to racially abusing Mr Yousaf in the city on February 25.
Court filings detailed how the couple repeatedly made racist remarks about Mr Yousaf and biased remarks about religion at the city’s Seagate.
They then targeted local SNP MP Shona Robison, now Deputy First Minister, and MP Chris Law in the party’s Parliament Office on Old Glamis Road that same day.
According to the court filing, O’Brien also repeatedly called the SNP Parliament office in Dundee the day before, on February 24, and made offensive remarks.
On that day, nominations for the SNP’s leadership competition ended, and Mr. Yousaf was one of three candidates.
Currie pleaded not guilty to resisting arrest, resisting arrest outside a Bell Street police station in Dundee and possession of cocaine, which the court accepted.
O’Brien denied another charge of threatening and abusive conduct, which was accepted by the court.
Sheriff Alastair Carmichael continued to release Currie and O’Brien on bail and they will appear in court again on October 3.
We have previously reported how Mr Yousaf revealed that he was also racially abused in another incident while walking along the beach with his three-year-old daughter.
Speaking to The Scottish Sun in March, Mr Yousaf said the couple shouted “white power” at him, admitted he often worries about his family and revealed both he and his 13-year-old stepdaughter wear panic alarms would have to.
The then lead candidate said: “I was walking down the beach with my three-year-old and a few people passed us. And as they passed they decided to shout ‘White Power’.”
“Obviously my daughter had no idea what was going on. I walked her down the street and ate ice cream.”
Showing his panic, he said it was “his life for ten years” and admitted to having long and difficult conversations with his family to abuse the abuse he is suffering.
Mr Yousaf admitted he did not go to the police about the abuse on the beach, but has spoken to the police about other incidents.
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