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Farmer racially abused paratrooper in Brecon pub

Pte Aaron Numkoosing Image copyright Wales News Service
Image caption Pte Aaron Numkoosing, pictured wearing a green beret while training with Marines, was shocked by the racial slur, the court heard

A paratrooper racially abused by a farmer in a Powys pub has been was awarded £100 compensation.

Pte Aaron Numkoosing, 30, from London, was told to get out of the way by Osian Davies before being called the n-word.

The "heavily intoxicated" 22 year old told a security guard the soldier "shouldn't be in my country" before being arrested.

Appearing at Brecon Magistrates' Court, Davies, from Libanus admitted racially aggravated harassment.

Trouble broke out when Pte Numkoosing, who has served in Afghanistan, went for a drink with friends in Brecon and was racially attacked in the toilets.

Davies came out of a cubicle and told the soldier to get out of the way and then used the n-word.

Repeated racist insult

Pte Numkoosing allowed him to pass but was shocked by the remark. said Lisa Jones, prosecuting.

Shortly after the incident, Davies approached Pte Numkoosing and told him he was "white and you're not".

Ms Jones told the court a security guard intervened and told Davies to go away.

But Davies repeated the racist insult and replied: "He shouldn't be in my country."

The security guard flagged down a passing police car and Davies was arrested.

In his victim impact statement to police, the soldier said: "I was born in London and lived all my life in England. I cannot believe someone would use that word."

Col Tim Van Rees, defending, said: "The defendant is not a racist of any sort. He stands before you totally ashamed of what he did."

Davies was also ordered to pay a £75 fine, £85 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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