Racist prison officer faces the sack

Walker works at Saughton Prison
Walker works at Saughton Prison
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A PRISON officer is set to lose his job after being convicted of hurling racist abuse at an Asian private hire driver and damaging his car.

Moray Walker, 50, offended Mohammed Tanveer, 40, after the driver refused to pick him up after a boozy night out at Edinburgh’s Prison Officers Club.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how Walker – who supervises inmates at HMP Saughton – leaned through the driver’s window and asked Mr Tanveer: “Why don’t you go home?”

He then struck out at his victim’s motor and damaged Mr Tanveer’s car door.

The story emerged following a trial in which Walker, from the Capital, was found guilty of committing a racially aggravated breach of the peace on March 18, which he had denied.

Defence advocate Mark Moir told Sheriff Neil MacKinnon that the conviction would lead to his client losing his £28,000 a year job.

Walker will be sentenced at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on November 8.