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Boxer, 24, called black policeman a ‘b**** n*****’ after he was thrown out of a sports bar


A boxer, 24, called a black policeman a ‘b**** a**e n*****’ after he was thrown out of a sports bar following a drunken brawl .

Joseph Bretland was left covered in blood during a mystery bust-up that floored him during a night out in Liverpool with his fiancée and a friend.

The super welterweight fighter, known as Joe, enjoyed success as an amateur and semi-professional boxer when he was young and, at the age of 18, won in the ring as a professional against Northern Irishman Marty Kayes.

However, he was left out-for-the-count in an alcohol-induced stupor on January 22 while out with partner Carla Kilroy and a family friend at Parnells cafe and sports bar in Crosby, north Liverpool.

As he was being arrested, he turned on officers called to the scene, becoming aggressive and hurling racist insults at one.

Joseph Bretland (left), pictured here with his fiancée Carla Kilroy, hurled racist abuse at a black police officer while in the back of a police van

Bretland (pictured above in his teens) enjoyed success as an an amateur and semi-professional boxer when he was young, and even came out on top in a professional match when he was 18

Bretland (pictured above in his teens) enjoyed success as an an amateur and semi-professional boxer when he was young, and even came out on top in a professional match when he was 18

He was ordered to pay £150 to PC Trebilcock, the police officer he verbally abused as he was carted away in a police van.

The father-of-one from Netherton in Merseyside was also fined £566 with £346 in costs and a victim surcharge.

Bretland, who spent the night in the cells, later claimed he had ‘blacked out’ in the bar and had no knowledge of how he came to be injured.

However, he pleaded guilty to racially aggravated threatening behaviour at Sefton Magistrates Court.

Prosecutor Sarah McInerney said: ‘He had been lawfully ejected, but once removed, he became aggressive and there was an altercation outside the bar.

‘Officers Trebilcock and Maddox attended. After being arrested, he was taken to St Anne Street Police Station.

‘On the journey, he could be heard saying ‘b**** a**e n*****’. In the interview, he made full admissions and apologised.

‘He has no previous convictions on his record. The defendant is of good character.

Bretland (pictured above in his teens) was ordered to pay £150 in damages to PC Trebilcock, as well as a £566 fine and £346 in costs and victim surcharge

Bretland (pictured above in his teens) was ordered to pay £150 in damages to PC Trebilcock, as well as a £566 fine and £346 in costs and victim surcharge

Bretland (pictured above in his teens) from Netherton in Merseyside said he did not remember the events of the night of January 22

Bretland (pictured above in his teens) from Netherton in Merseyside said he did not remember the events of the night of January 22

‘The aggravating features is (sic) the racially aggravated language and it was language against those working in the public sector.’

Marcela Slater, representing Bretland, said: ‘This is an unfortunate disappointment to himself, is how he explained it to me.

‘He had been out with his partner and his friend. Alcohol was involved.

‘Something happened in the bar and, as a result, when he was arrested he was covered in blood.

‘He was very much under the influence of alcohol. He has no recollection of what took place.

‘He has been told by others he blacked out, but he was unable to make a complaint. He would not know the who, what or why.

‘But that does not take away anything from the offending in the back of the police van. He is thoroughly ashamed of himself and he has let himself down.

‘He has got to the point in his life that he is in full-time employment and the father of a two-year-old child.

Bretland (pictured above with fiancee Carla Kilroy) is said to be 'thoroughly ashamed of himself'

Bretland (pictured above with fiancee Carla Kilroy) is said to be ‘thoroughly ashamed of himself’

Bretland (pictured above with his fiancee Carla Kilroy) is a father of a two-year-old and in full-time employment

Bretland (pictured above with his fiancee Carla Kilroy) is a father of a two-year-old and in full-time employment

‘He has let himself down and he has let them down.

‘He realises the severity of the offence. Racist language is not acceptable in any form, whatever walk of life, whether in the public sector or not.

‘He knows that and he says it’s very much out of character. His partner confirms that it’s not language he uses or that the family uses.

‘He does not know where it came from, but he accepts responsibility and is remorseful.

‘During the course of the interview, he apologised and wished to apologise to the officer at the time. Hopefully that will be conveyed to the officer.

‘He is in full-time employment. He is a sole breadwinner and he assures me this is the first [and] the last time that he comes before the court.’



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