Kirkby man is jailed after racist attack

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A MAN has been jailed for a racist assault on a fellow visitor to Bentinck Miners Welfare in Kirkby.

Jade Daffin (24) asked Guilio Kelly for a light for his cigarette. Mr Kelly told him he didn’t smoke.

Daffin, of Ashfield Drive, Kirkby, then asked Mr Kelly to buy him a drink. Asked why, Daffin replied: ‘Because you’re black and I’m white,’ Nottingham Crown Court was told.

A friend of Kelly’s was called outside the club in Sutton Road and told it was better if Kelly left as they didn’t like black people there, said Robbie Singh, prosecuting.

On his way out Mr Kelly was called a racially abusive name by Daffin, who punched him to the cheek.

The victim turned round but was faced with Daffin and another man covered in tattoos, said Mr Singh.

Mr Kelly, who suffered bruising and swelling to his face, reported the assault to the police who arrived at the club and arrested Daffin.

He claimed he had been playing pool all night but was picked out in an identification procedure.

He had served custodial sentences in the past, including three years for robbery and 14 months for wounding.

His barrister Simon Eckersley said: “He needs to be educated rather than be put in prison.”

Daffin, who pleaded guilty to common assault on 9th September, was jailed for six months on Friday.

The judge, Recorder Maureen Baker, told him: “Your behaviour was totally unacceptable, abusing someone because of their race or colour.”