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Racist Darren Daley - viewed 53,000 times on YouTube - jailed for 26 weeks
A train passenger who “bellowed” racist abuse at a black man – and was subsequently seen doing so on YouTube by 53,000 people – has been jailed for 26 weeks.
Darren Daley appeared before Brighton magistrates yesterday afternoon where he admitted a racially aggravated public order offence.
The 45-year-old admitted calling the victim, who has never been identified, a “mongrel”, “gorilla” and “monkey” – but also added he was not racist. This is despite the fact he has ten previous public order convictions, four of which are racially aggravated.
The court was told other passengers on the London to Brighton service formed a protective barrier around the victim.
Passenger Ashley Groves, who said he was “offended” by what he heard, filmed the incident and then uploaded it onto the internet, where it was viewed nearly 53,000 times.
Jim Frederick, prosecuting, said the verbal assault on the victim was entirely unprovoked and that Dal- ey, who had been sleeping, accused the victim of waking him up.
Mr Frederick said: “He [Daley] said, ‘That monkey touched me on the face. The gorilla’.
Watch the video (warning: contains strong language)
“Most of the other passen- gers were defending the victim. He [Daley] kept repeating, ‘I do not get woken by a monkey’.
Daley also said, “Before I kill you, walk, mongrel, walk” and threatened to throw the him under the train.
At the end of the rant he said: “I am not racist.” Both Daley and the victim left the train and Mr Groves took the video to the police.
An officer subsequently recognised Daley and he was charged.
Cerys Sayers, defending, said it was “reprehensible conduct”, adding there was “really no mitigation” other than Daley was drunk. She said the fact he was filmed by another passenger was a “triumph for social justice”.
Chair of the magistrates’ bench, Bob Brandley, told Daley, of Ealing, west London: “You have an appalling record.”
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