A PLUMBER was so enraged a customer hadn’t paid him that he hurled a tirade of abuse down the phone before threatening to murder him.

But Jason Galvin, of Phipps Road, Cowley, Oxford, had not been short changed by his victim and had not even checked his bank account before launching his verbal attack.

The 46-year old admitted a single count of persistently sending a communication to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.

Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard at his sentencing yesterday that he had visited his victim’s home to get a quote on a plumbing job, and charged a £50 call-out fee on April 24.

The next day Galvin believed he had not been paid, the court heard, and so he twice picked up the phone and rang his client, hurling racist obscenities.

He then sent an e-mail including more racist ranting targetting Jewish people and also telling the victim if he did not pay him he would ‘murder him’.

That same night, realising he had in fact been paid the £50 he sent another e-mail saying he was ‘extremely sorry.’

In mitigation, Jayne Wilkinson said her client was ashamed and remorseful and had been drinking at the time. He must pay a £300 fine, £30 victim surcharge, £85 costs and £100 compensation.