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Belfast race hate yob avoids prison for assault

By Alan Erwin

A man has been ordered to complete 80 hours community service for assaulting a racial abuse victim on the streets of Belfast.

Jamie Scott was part of a crowd who chanted "P***, P***" at their target before he was pushed and shoved, a court heard.

Scott (20) pleaded guilty to a charge of common assault.

Belfast Magistrates Court was told the victim was racially taunted by a group standing on the Ormeau Road on March 7.

It was claimed that Scott, of Belfast Road in Saintfield, Ballynahinch, said: "F*** you, you b******, I will drop you."

As the victim turned to walk away he was pushed and subjected to more racist slurs. Scott was arrested a short time later and subsequently picked out during an identification procedure.

According to his lawyer, he regrets his "completely out of character" behaviour and wanted to apologise to the victim.

"He had a large amount of alcohol taken," the barrister said.

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