Racist perpetrator ordered to write essay on racial and sectarian hatred

A man who shouted racist abuse at a black teenage girl visiting the city has been ordered by a judge to write an essay on racial hatred.

Derry’s magistrate’s court heard that Stephen Gerard Bradley, of Templemore Mews, shouted “nigger” at the girl, who was aged between 14 and 16-years-old and was walking in Shipquay Street area in the company of her foster mother on July 22 this year.

It was also revealed that Bradley made a “German salute” towards the girl. District Judge Barney McElholm told Bradley he had brought “shame on himself” and “the city” by his “utterly abhorrent” behaviour.

Imposing a suspended sentence and ordering him to pay the girl £1,000 compensation the Judge added that in some countries there would be a mandatory custodial sentence and he was trying to think of a reason not to send him to prison.

Suspending a five month jail term for three years, Mr McElholm ordered that Bradley spend 18 months on probation. He ordered that as part of the probation the 28-year-old must “compose an essay on racial hatred and sectarian bigotry, why these things are wrong and how he is going to make sure he’s not going to mutter another sectarian or racially motivated word”.

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