A law student admitted racially aggravated harassment after a video clip emerged of him chanting “We hate blacks”.
Joe Tivnan was captured on video at Nottingham Trent University, where the 19-year-old was celebrating a friend’s birthday.
He was recorded by first-year student Rufaro Chisango, who had moved to alternative accommodation after becoming distressed by the situation.
Tivnan, of The Parklands in Erdington, Birmingham, admitted using threatening or abusive language that caused distress to Chsiango during a hearing at Nottingham magistrates court.
He was ordered to pay £500 in compensation to Chisango as well as £310 in fines and costs, the Guardian reports.
The district judge, Leo Pyle, told Tivnan:
“You went off to continue your evening and this woman was too frightened to even leave her room. These words were described by other students as shocking, disgusting, appalling and disgraceful. It was entirely understandable that she felt what was being chanted was being aimed at her.”
Anna Pierrepont, prosecuting, opened the case by saying:
“It is said that a group of students were becoming intoxicated and had become rather noisy. [Chisango] went to her door to see what was happening as she heard something similar to a football chant.
“She felt very upset and very uncomfortable. She was the only black person living on that floor. She was so distressed she messaged her mother for advice.
“He is heard chanting: ‘Ooh aah, fuck the blacks, ooh aah, fuck the blacks’ and ‘we hate the blacks’.”
Tivnan told the judge:
“I wish to make an unreserved apology to anyone who has been affected by my behaviour in this case.
“It was just mutual repartee between me and a mixed-race friend. It was still unacceptable language and I am ashamed by my behaviour. I am truly sorry for the distress I have caused.”
Another defendant in the case, Lauren Leigh, 19, pleaded not guilty to an offence in connection with the same incident and has been granted unconditional bail until her trial on 19th July.
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