Drew William Crouch, 48, from Mackay appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday.
Drew William Crouch, 48, from Mackay appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday. Jarred Sferruzzi

Businessman hurled racial abuse at restaurant manager

A MACKAY businessman has been convicted of racially abusing a restaurant manager, calling her a "f----ing Chinese c---" and "Asian pig" in front of diners.

Drew William Crouch's drunken behaviour prompted patrons to leap to the woman's defence, and report the incident to police.

The 48-year-old Mackay man's case was heard in his absence in Mackay Magistrates Court on Friday, after he pleaded guilty to public nuisance in the city centre, on August 17, 2017.

Prosecutor Shelby Larcombe offered no evidence on common assault and stealing charges.

Ms Larcombe said about 6.30pm on the day, Crouch walked into a River Street restaurant and became "involved in an argument with the manager, calling her a 'f----ing Chinese c--- and Asian pig'."

"The defendant has walked out of the restaurant and as he has passed a table of customers with an eight-year-old child, he has said several times 'Asian pig'," Ms Larcombe said.

"The defendant has returned a short time later and stood outside the restaurant and yelled words to the effect of 'f---ing Chinese dog'. This has again occurred in front of the family ..."

Ms Larcombe said the child had been "extremely upset" and the parents phoned police.

Police were unable to find Crouch.

Several hours later, Crouch sat on the steps of the business and "stared into the restaurant" in an "intimidating manner".

Ms Larcombe said a woman walked outside and ran into Crouch with "no shirt, yelling and flailing his arms around".

Crouch yelled at the patron, calling her a "thief, a s--- and a liar" and a man sitting at the woman's table told Crouch to leave.

The man and Crouch squared off in an "intense argument", and Crouch was asked "not to speak to women that way".

Patrons helped cool down the situation, police attended and the "extremely distressed" restaurant manager identified Crouch.

Ms Larcombe said Crouch later refused an interview with police but admitted to calling the manager "a f---ing Chinese dog".

Crouch had "minimal" history of similar offending.

Magistrate Simon Young said the "abhorrent racial and other abuse" couldn't be defended or justified.

But Mr Young did consider an early plea and limited criminal history.

He fined Crouch $1500 and a conviction was recorded.

Crouch showed up after his case was heard.

He applied to have the case reopened to avoid a conviction being recorded.