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Racist abuse man Joel Justice in 'white guilt' claim

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Image caption Joel Justice was given a community sentence at Dundee Sheriff Court

A man who racially abused two takeaway workers claimed he was only made to feel responsible for his actions by "white guilt", a court heard.

Joel Justice told the workers to "go back to your own country" at Dundee's Curry House in April.

He was ordered to carry out 135 hours of unpaid work and placed on supervision for two years.

Sheriff Alastair Brown described the 25-year-old's outburst as "foul and abusive".

Justice admitted telling two male workers: "You treat your women like slaves."

Depute fiscal Trina Sinclair previously told Dundee Sheriff Court: "He asked 'are you from Afghanistan' then told the two employees 'go back to your own country'."

"Police were called and arrived at 23:50.

"They found the accused standing at the counter eating his food."

Alcohol problem

Justice was taken to police headquarters where he continued to make racist remarks.

The court heard Justice told social workers that he felt he was made to feel responsible for his actions by "white guilt".

The 25-year-old, from Dundee, admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner towards Rifa Nezir and Rehan Khan on 29 April.

John Boyle, defending, said his client had undertaken counselling for his alcohol problem.

Sheriff Alastair Brown said: "I recognise that you were drunk and you have an alcohol problem. But from the point of view of the person who suffers the abuse, that makes no difference.

"You were abusive in racist terms and if by 'white guilt' you mean a spurious feeling of responsibility for things that you had nothing to do with, you are wrong.

"You used foul and abusive language."

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