Kebab shop owner thanks Ottery after ‘racist attack’


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A much-loved kebab shop owner has thanked Ottery for its support after he was the subject of a racially-aggravated ‘revenge attack’.

Marc Carpenter, 32, was given a restraining order by magistrates after admitting throwing a brick through the window of the Charcoal Grill in Mill Street.

The attack came in July last year after a feud between him and the shop’s owner, Omar Akbulut, who had banned him from the takeaway.

Mr Akbulut, 27, said he was pleased with the outcome of the case, and was glad Carpenter can no longer bother him.

He said in the eight years he has been running the kebab shop he has never had a problem with customers, adding: “I love Ottery and Ottery loves me.”

The married father-of-one said he wanted to thank residents for offering to speak to his good character in the case, and to local police who dealt with the incident.

Magistrates sitting in Exeter on Monday heard how the defendant was seen standing outside the shop late at night with a brick in his hand, which he then threw at the eight feet by four feet window, causing £800 worth of damage.

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Lyndsey Baker, prosecuting, said Carpenter was arrested later that evening, and used ‘racist language’ to describe Mr Akbulut, adding he was ‘glad’ to have done it.

The 32-year-old, formerly of Broad Street in Ottery, pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated criminal damage, and will have to complete 260 hours of community service.

His solicitor Stephen Nunn said he recently moved to Exeter after deciding the town ‘isn’t big enough for the two of them’.

After hearing the evidence the magistrates said: “This was a thoroughly unpleasant offence, which the court takes very seriously.

“It time you started to hit the straight and narrow.”

Carpenter will also have to pay £250 in compensation, and was also made the subject of a restraining order, forbidding him to contact Mr Akbulut or to go to the Charcoal Grill.