A LAW student who chanted ‘we hate the blacks’ at a university halls of residence has admitted a charge of racial harassment.
Video of Joe Tivnan shouting outside Rufaro Chisango’s room went viral after it was shared online, a court heard.
Tivnan, 19, was celebrating a friend’s birthday with around 20 others when his chants were recorded on her mobile phone.
In the footage, Tivnan was also heard yelling: ‘Ooh aah, f*** the blacks,’ said prosecutor Anna Pierrepont. Ms Chisango — the only black person living on that floor of the Nottingham Trent University residence, told Nottingham magistrates court: ‘I feel very distressed by the words and behaviour used. The entire incident was overwhelming and offensive.’
Tivnan, of Birmingham, admitted using threatening or abusive words in March. He told the court the chanting was ‘mutual repartee’.
But he added: ‘It was still unacceptable language and I am ashamed. I am sorry for the distress I have caused.’
His actions are likely to cost him his university place, and have caused ‘irreparable damage’ to his career prospects, said Steve Ransell, defending.
District judge Leo Pyle yesterday ordered him to pay £500 compensation, plus £310 in fines and costs.
The judge said other students described the words as ‘disgusting, appalling and disgraceful’.
He said Ms Chisango, 18, had been ’too frightened to leave her room’.