Ex-Army thug who launched racist umbrella attack on man in viral video in court

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    An ex-Army thug threatened to kill a teacher who filmed him in a racist attack and said: "If you put that on Facebook, I'll kill you."

    Robert Browne, 56, was charged after a video showed a victim being set upon in Stockport, Greater Manchester, on July 25.

    The footage, which went viral, sees Browne jabbing at the cameraman with two umbrellas while using vile racial slurs, according to the Manchester Evening News.

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    Browne, of Buxton, was handed a 10-week suspended sentence after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault.

    Prosecuting, Mr Gee Leung said the victim was leaving a Tesco Express when he spotted Browne "shouting" at a homeless man.

    The court heard the homeless man had told Browne he served in Iraq. But Browne replied: "You didn't serve in Iraq you lying c***, we did."

    The victim soon began to film the exchange after a couple also intervened.

    The footage, played to the court in full, shows the moment Browne noticed the victim filming. In the shocking clip, Browne says: "Put your phone away otherwise I'll f***ing leather you."

    The jaw-dropping video captures Browne saying "you're a p*ki b*****d" before the victim was "struck to the head" with the umbrellas.

    A victim statement read to the court said the events had been "traumatic" and made the teacher feel "unsafe" when leaving the house.

    Defending himself, Browne told the court the incident happened shortly after the funeral of a friend and ex-soldier who he served with in Iraq.

    He apologised for his behaviour, branding it "unacceptable", and said: "It was unbecoming behaviour and it was not like me."

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    Sentencing, her worship Catherine Meek said: "This offence is so serious that it has passed the custody threshold."

    But Ms Meek said Browne had a "realistic prospect of rehabilitation".

    "You are very, very lucky you are not going into custody," she added. "It was quite horrifying to watch."

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