Pensioner fined £600 for racist Brexit remark

Keogh wore a bag on his head when leaving court

Monday, July 1, 2019

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

Seventy-four-year-old John Keogh was also handed a 12-month community order, and ordered to pay costs of £350 and £250 in compensation to his victim, Anneka Davis.

Appearing at Croydon Magistrates' Court, he admitted committing a racially aggravated offence on August 30, 2018.

Keogh lashed out at Ms David while she was working at the Peckham branch of Coral bookmakers - from which he is now banned for one 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 leaves Croydon Magistrates' Court

"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."

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 Davis attended court to give evidence and said she was unable to work for five days after the incident because of stress.

"Due to the climate and everything that is going on with Brexit, I felt that I was questioning myself and whether I belonged," she said.

She continued: "I was born in this country and I have lived here all my life. I can't help that I was born black."

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