John Terry's father 'headbutted and racially abused man in row over cigarette'

Echo: Edward Terry arriving at the Old Bailey today. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire Edward Terry arriving at the Old Bailey today. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

FORMER England captain John Terry's father drunkenly head-butted a man outside a pub and racially abused him in a dispute over a cigarette, a jury has heard.

Ted Terry, 59, of Lennox Close, Chafford Hundred, allegedly attacked railway worker Amarjit Talafair on March 22 last year after several hours drinking in the City of London.

The Old Bailey heard that Terry was with co-defendants Stephen Niland, 36, and Tudor Musteata, 47, when someone asked Mr Talafair and his friend Scott Faal for a cigarette outside The Windsor pub.

When the complainant and his friend said they did not have cigarettes, they were followed and Terry who is alleged to have racially abused Mr Talafair before head-butting him beneath the nose.

Terry, who was wearing a West Ham top at the time, then went on to Fenchurch Street station and allegedly threatened a cleaner called Bakeba Mansuila with a bottle threatening to smash it over his head.

Prosecutor Alex Chalk told the jury of seven men and five women: "This is a case about racist threats, racist abuse and, it is alleged, racist violence directed towards a member of the public who happens to be Asian.

"It is alleged that after several hours drinking in the area of Fenchurch Street station, these defendants became involved in a dispute with a man called Amarjit Talafair.

"There was allegedly a confrontation, which culminated with Edward Terry approaching Mr Talafair and head butting him, striking him just below the nose, and that the three men then walked off towards Fenchurch Street station."

He added: "Edward Terry uses Fenchurch Street station regularly and is well-known to station staff as the father of a prominent footballer."

The Chelsea captain's father denies one count of racially-aggravated common assault and one count of racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

Niland, of Quarles Park Road in Romford, Essex, and Musteata, of Tarves Way in Greenwich, south east London, deny one count each of racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

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