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'Utterly moronic' teen who made monkey gestures at passing motorist put on probation for a year

By Paul Higgins

An "utterly moronic" racist who made monkey gestures at a passing motorist was put on probation for a year on Monday.

Warning 19-year-old Jordan Cumbo not to breach the order at Lisburn Magistrates Court, District Judge Rosie Watters said he "obviously needs reprogramming".

"This behaviour is completely unacceptable in the 21st century, well it was always unacceptable but society now recognises exactly how unacceptable it is," said the judge adding that she also found Cumbo's action were "aggravated by hostility".

At an earlier hearing Cumbo, from Glenwood Copse in Dunmurry, pleaded guilty to doing a provocative act, namely making a racist gesture "with intent to provoke a breach of the peace" on November 11 last year.

A prosecution lawyer told the court that police received a report from an African man that he was driving along the Ballybog Road when a passenger in another car "made monkey gestures at him."

He managed to note the registration mark and police traced the driver who identified Cumbo as his passenger.

When he was arrested and interviewed, Cumbo admitted making the gestures and conceded "that it could have been construed as abusive and insulting".

Defence barrister Patrick Taylor submitted it was clear that Cumbo "is full of regret for what can only be described as utterly moronic behaviour."

He revealed that Cumbo had "actively sought out" his victim to apologise to him, an apology which the man was gracious enough to accept and further that has been diagnosed as suffering from ADHD although that was "no excuse" for his actions.

Judge Watters agreed it was "absolutely no excuse for this behaviour" but she was imposing a probation order as "he needs a bit of reprogramming."

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