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A racist who called a former international footballer a "monkey" during a sickening drunken rant has walked free from court.
Kevin Brophy, 52, who only has one arm, launched a torrent of vile abuse at Pavel Vieira on a Liverpool bus “because he was black."
Brophy pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence after telling Vieira the reason he was in this country was "because your mother was raped".
Sefton Magistrates’ Court in Merseyside heard how on March 30, at around 9pm, Brophy, who has one arm, boarded the number 21 bus in Kirkdale, Liverpool.
Prosecuting, Rachel Chandler told the court how a witness to the attack heard the defendant "talking loudly" before he said “my arm was cut off by a n*****”.
She said: "A woman shouted at the male and he went quiet.
"Five minutes later he said ‘look at him, you can hardly see him he is so black’."
Following this Brophy was then heard to make another extremely offensive racial slur before calling Mr Vieira "a monkey".
Miss Chandler added: "The witness told him he couldn’t say things like that and the male then turned around and told her to shut up.
"He kept being abusive and making remarks."
The court heard that Brophy said "I don’t even like you" and when Mr Vieria asked why Brophy responded "because you are black, you shouldn’t be here".
At this point Mr Vieira had started to record the incident on his mobile phone before it was knocked out of his hands by Brophy and it fell to the floor, reports the Liverpool Echo .
Mr Brophy was then heard to tell Mr Vieira that the reason he was in this country was "because your mother was raped".
In a victim impact statement Mr Vieira, who has represented his country Guinea-Bissau, said: "I tried my best to remain calm despite the awful situation.
"I have been in the UK for five years and this is the first time I have ever experienced such behaviour because of the colour of my skin.
"I just wanted the situation to be over. I felt ashamed.
"I don’t understand how he can have so much anger and hate for someone he doesn’t know."
Gerald Pachter, defending, said: "Mr Brophy is deeply, deeply ashamed of his behaviour and knows that this is not acceptable.
"He was drunk at the time of the incident but does not use that as an excuse. It is degrading and I could use a number of adjectives to describe it.
"He is remorseful and will not let it happen again.
"He wants to publicly apologise to the victim for his outrageous behaviour".
The court how Brophy has a problem with alcohol abuse and has struggled to find work because of his disability. He also has a past history of depression and is on medication for anxiety.
Mr Patcher said Brophy had been struggling to come to terms with the breakdown of his 25-year relationship and that his three adult children were "not particularly pleased about the way he has behaved".
The court heard that Brophy had also been convicted of racial abuse in 2015.
Sentencing, District Judge Jack McGarva said: "The things that you said on that bus are totally unaceptable.
"It was shocking, abhorrent and I hope that you are ashamed.
"The matter is aggravated because you have been racially abusive in the past.
"When you say that you are not racist I view that with some cynicism."
Sentencing him to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, with a 20-day rehabilitation order Judge McGarva added: "I want to see that you are working towards dealing with this attitude so that no-one has to feel like (Mr Vieira) felt that day."
Brophy was also ordered to pay £115 victim surcharge, £100 in compensation to his victim and £85 in court costs.
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