Racist pensioner, 73, who called Coral cashier 'n****r' is spared jail

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John Keogh, 73, pictured outside Croydon Magistrates' Court today, told a betting shop cashier 'when Brexit comes you'll be gone'

John Keogh, 73, pictured outside Croydon Magistrates' Court today, told a betting shop cashier 'when Brexit comes you'll be gone'

A racist pensioner who told a betting shop cashier 'when Brexit comes you'll be gone' because she took too long to hand over his winnings has avoided jail.

John Keogh, 73, called Anneka Davis a 'f**ing n****r' at a Coral bookmakers in Peckham, South East London, while collecting his £200 winnings.

Keogh lashed out at the shop employee on August 30 last year because he thought she was taking too long, Croydon Magistrates' Court heard today.

Jacqui Hughes, prosecuting, said: 'On August 30 last year, at about 9.30pm, Anneka Davis was working in Coral bookmakers in Peckham. He came into the bookmakers to claim some winnings.

'He became impatient when she wouldn't give him the money and said 'When Brexit comes you will be gone'. 

'She asked him what he meant by that and asked him to leave. As she was holding the door open, he walked up to her and called her a 'f**ing n****r'.

Keogh then approached Ms Davis with clenched fists, causing her to fear for her safety. She told him: 'If you hit me, there will be a problem'.

Ms Davis told the court the incident had affected her so badly she had to be signed off from work with stress for five days.

Keogh admitted racially-aggravated harassment at this Coral in Peckham, South East London

Keogh admitted racially-aggravated harassment at this Coral in Peckham, South East London

'Due to the comment made by the gentleman in question I questioned whether I belonged in this country as a black person,' she said in a statement.

'Due to the climate with everything that is going on with Brexit I felt I was questioning myself and whether I belonged. I was born in this country and lived here all my life.'

Keogh leaves Croydon Magistrates' Court with a bag over his head after today's hearing

Keogh leaves Croydon Magistrates' Court with a bag over his head

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