A Maltby man who admitted sending racist letters to two senior Rotherham councillors has had his case adjourned.
James Plant, 54, of Birks Holt Drive, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court today, Friday 30th August, after magistrates deemed the case too serious for them to deal with.
Plant faced charges of racially aggravated harassment with fear of violence after a string of letters sent to council leaders Roger Stone and deputy Jahangir Akhtar.
The letters were sent between November 2012 and February of this year.
Plant’s letters to Coun Stone called him a ‘dead man’ and warned that his home and office would ‘go up in flames,’ in addition to using racist terms.
In letters to Coun Akhtar, Plant used a number of racial slurs and insults, with the letters causing considerable distress to both councillors.
However, defence lawyer David Baines questioned whether the letters to Coun Stone could be classed as racially aggravated, given that both men are white Caucasian males.
Mr Baines argued that the racist terms used in the letter were to cause ‘maximum offence’ rather than as a personal, racially-motivated attack.
The case will resume on 4th November at Sheffield Crown Court.