Jailed: Racist career criminal who made monkey noises at black police officer

Raymond Powlett, 42, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a year in jail at Snaresbrook Crown Court

Raymond Powlett, 42, of no fixed address, was sentenced to a year in jail at Snaresbrook Crown Court. Picture: MPS - Credit: Archant

A career criminal who rammed police in a car chase and spat at a judge has been jailed for 12 months.

Raymond Powlett, of no fixed address, was spotted speeding in a green Fiat Panda in Victoria Dock Road, Canning Town, on June 1.

Police pursued with the 42-year-old eventually ramming the cop car’s front tow bar, reversing out of Hooper Road before being blocked in.

He fled on foot, stripping in a bid to disguise himself, while bolting along Goldwing Close, Butchers Road and Ivy Road.

Officers tasered Powlett, known for being violent and with 85 previous convictions including burglary, robbery and motoring offences, after cornering him in a park.

During his arrest, he told an officer: “I hope your mum dies of cancer.”

In custody he used a racial slur against another and made monkey noises.

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He was convicted of failing to stop and a racially-aggravated public order offence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on November 22.

After sentencing, Det Supt Zena Marshall said: “Powlett placed other road users, himself and officers at risk.

“The verbal abuse was unacceptable.

“The sentence reflects the impact of Powlett’s actions. I hope this is a lesson learned.”

In January at a separate hearing, Powlett spat and swore at a judge who denied him bail when he appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court for a string of offences.

The judge left, but, undeterred, Powlett started spitting at the prosecuting barrister in front of shocked court staff.

Guards had to grapple to get control as Powlett continued to kick off before throwing him into a cell.

In September, Powlett appeared via video link at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court where District Judge Gary Lucie heard the barrister needed 15 minutes to compose herself finding it “hard to contain her emotion”.

Powlett laughed saying, “Are you off your head, mate?” when Mr Lucie said during sentencing that spitting was equivalent to using a weapon.

Mr Lucie replied: “It’s a disgusting, childish, immature and pathetic type of offence and you need to grow up.

“Your record is already appalling. You showed absolutely no remorse whatsoever.”

Powlett was sentenced to 20 weeks for common assault.