A KILWINNING teenager who racially abused a staff member at an Indian takeaway while holding a knife has been spared punishment for now.

Danny Clarke was found in possession of a blade in the town’s Main Street on January 29 this year and appeared at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last Tuesday (March 1) for sentencing.

The 19-year-old had pleaded guilty to a charge of acting in a racially aggravated manner which caused or was intended to cause alarm or distress to an employee at India Palace.

He also admitted directing racially abusive language towards the staff member and adopting an aggressive stance while shouting, swearing, repeatedly striking the doors of the premises and presenting a knife.

Sentence on the Abbeygate resident had been deferred since the end of January for the preparation of a criminal justice social work report.

At last week’s court hearing, defence solicitor Scott McLatchie said his client, who is employed as a steel fixer, “does present as remorseful”.

Mr McLatchie said: “This is his first involvement with the courts but the charges are of a serious nature.”

Sheriff Murdoch MacTaggart further deferred sentence for three months for Clarke to be of good behaviour.

A review of his case was set down for Wednesday, June 1.