Pensioner fined for telling black woman: ‘When Brexit comes you will be gone’

The victim tells the court she was unable to return to work for five days after the incident because of the stress it caused.

A pensioner who told a black woman “when Brexit comes you will be gone” during an outburst in a betting shop has been fined £600.

John Keogh, 74, admitted a racially aggravated offence on 30 August 2018 during a hearing at Croydon Magistrates’ Court.

He was also handed a 12-month community order and ordered to pay costs and compensation to his victim.

Keogh lashed out at Anneka Davis while she was working at the Coral bookmakers in Peckham, south London, last year.

Prosecutor Jacqui Hughes said he told Ms Davis she would be “gone” after becoming impatient while he waited for a £200 betting win to be handed over.

Keogh also admitted calling Ms Davis a “f****** n*****” as he left the shop, clenching his fists as he approached her at the door and causing her to “fear for her safety”.

Ms Hughes said: “Mr Keogh came into the bookmakers to claim some winnings.

“He became impatient and when he was given the money, he told her ‘When Brexit comes you will be gone’.

“She asked him what he meant by that and asked him to leave.”

Ms Davis told the court she was unable to return to work for five days after the incident because of stress.

“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.

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First published 01.07.19:

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