Former Broadmoor patient jailed for racist abuseBy Lucy Thorne
September 10, 2012
A former Broadmoor patient who bombarded rail station staff with racist abuse after missing the last train home on Christmas Eve, has been jailed.
Scott Vecetti, of Rectory Close, Bracknell, caught the wrong train after drinking too much and then found himself stranded at a station as railway workers began closing up for the festive break.
A judge heard the 32-year-old had spent 10 years in Broadmoor top security psychiatric hospital, but a psychiatrist had recently questioned the diagnosis which had seen him placed there.
Alan Blake, prosecuting, said: “A security guard working for G4S was on duty at Reading railway station at about 10.20pm.
“The station was being closed. There were to be no further trains from Reading.
“The guard, Abrima Manneh, heard the station manager, Zia Ulhaq, announcing to various members of the public that they were closing.”
Vecetti responded by swearing.
When staff told him there was no need to swear and asked him again to leave, the defendant started swinging a bag at Mr Manneh.
“He seemed to be drunk,” said Mr Blake. “He was being very aggressive and shouting, telling him to **** off and calling him an African ****.”
When he tried to punch his victim in the face police were called and they arrested him.
“The defendant said he had consumed a bottle of tequila on a night out and had tried to take the train to Hook, but caught the wrong one and ended up in Reading,” said Mr Blake.
Vecetti told officers he remembered an argument with a security guard but could not recall the language he used.
He insisted he was not a racist but admitted the single charge of racially aggravated common assault.
Judge Peter De Mille, sitting at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday, August 29, heard that in 1998 after a conviction for causing grievous bodily harm with intent, the defendant was sent to Broadmoor Hospital.
Ten years later he was still subject to the order.
Henry James, defending, said his client was remorseful for his actions.
He explained Vecetti’s behaviour, saying it was caused by a combination of “expecting to catch a train that was gone, fortified by drink and affected by the drugs he was taking”.
“It was terrible violence, for which he is extremely sorry,” he said.
“He is someone who spent 10 years in Broadmoor and then has a letter from a psychiatrist to say he should not have been there in the first place.
“He has lost 10 years of his life through what might have been a mis-diagnosis.
“He has been trying to make a new life for himself but recognises that alcohol and the drugs he was taking don’t mix. He recognises that he and alcohol don’t mix.”
Judge De Mille told Vecetti: “Ever since you were a juvenile you have committed offence after offence of what may be described as unpleasant but fairly low-level public order offences and that is just what you have done here.
“The offence itself remains a thoroughly unpleasant one but you were undoubtedly in drink at the time and the police officer refers to expressions of remorse you made once you had sobered up.
“Nevertheless I am satisfied that this offence is so serious it does pass the custody threshold.”
He jailed Vecetti for three months.