A pensioner has been fined £600 for a racist outburst at a betting shop.
John Keogh, 74, told Anneka Davis ‘when Brexit comes you will be gone’ when he grew impatient while waiting for his £200 winnings to be handed over.
When asked what he meant by that, he called her a ‘f**king n****r’ as he went to leave the Coral bookmakers in Peckham, south London, last year.
Keogh admitted that he clenched his fists as he approached her at the door causing her to fear for her own safety.
As well as the fine he was given a community order and told to pay costs and compensation at Croydon Magistrates’ Court where he glared at Ms Davis as he left the court.
Ms Davis attended court to give evidence and said she was unable to work for five days after the incident because of stress.
She said: ‘Due to the comments made by the man in question, I questioned whether I was welcome in this country as a black person.
‘Due to the climate and everything that is going on with Brexit, I felt that I was questioning myself and whether I belonged.
‘I was born in this country and I have lived here all my life. I can’t help that I was born black.’
Tariq Al-Mallak, defending, said there was ‘no explanation that could justify that behaviour’ before telling the court Keogh suffers from PTSD following a car accident.
Chairman of the bench Douglas Hunter handed Keogh a community order lasting 12 months, in addition to a 10-week nightly curfew.
Mr Hunter said: ‘People should be able to go to their place of work without fear of being abused in any way.
‘It has had an impact on this young lady far beyond just that incident.’
Keogh was also ordered to pay £250 in compensation to Ms Davis, costs of £350 and was banned from the Coral shop for one year.
Keogh, of Lindsey Street, Bermondsey, admitted one count of racially aggravated public disorder.
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