Christopher Gordon was furious when he witness the Manchester bombing and wanted to take laws into his hands.
But instead he decided called 999, vent his anger and warned the operator that if police did not come he would ‘kill somebody’.
He told them he was in Birchfields Park, Manchester, was wearing a black mask and had a kitchen knife, and said he was ‘going to kill the b******* who f****** blew us up’. He added: ‘I’m coming for them Asian b*******. I’m not promising that I’m not going to walk down the park and find an Asian person.
’Gordon, 33, was jailed for 22 months at Manchester Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to making threats to kill and possessing a bladed article.
When Gordon was arrested in the park, which is in an area that is ‘heavily populated by the Asian community, the court heard, he repeated his intentions.
Prosecutor Simon Barrett said Gordon had been drinking alcohol, adding that racially-motivated hate crime had increased four-fold in the month after the suicide bombing that killed 22 people.
In a police interview, Gordon denied being racist, saying he had ‘friends of different colours’ and never intended to kill anyone.
Gwen Henshaw, defending, said crises in his own life and in the city left him ‘confused, muddled and grief-stricken’. She added: ‘He finds what happened abhorrent, he his horrified by his own actions, he told me he sat in his cell with his head in his hands thinking ‘what have I done, what have I said?’
Sentencing, Recorder Mukhtar Hussain QC said: ‘Young people and children lost their lives, many, many were injured and the city will suffer for a very long time – one can understand the feelings that would generate in Mancunians.‘
But that does not in any way justify targeting a vulnerable group. The message must go out that the courts will protect ordinary law-abiding citizens of this country.’
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