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A 74-year-old pensioner has been fined £600 after he told a black woman “when Brexit comes you will be gone” and left the court with a black bag over his head.

John Keogh admitted to calling the woman a "f**ing n*****" during the rant at a branch of Coral bookmakers in Peckham High Street.

The pensioner admitted to one count of racially aggravated harassment and one count of using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He was given a one-year community order, a 10-week nightly curfew and ordered to pay £250 in compensation to Davis, as well as costs of £350.

He was also banned from the Coral shop for one year.

Keogh's attempt to hide his face has been met with derision and amusement.

Others didn't think the sentence was harsh enough.

People think he looks like far-right former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.

Prosecutors said he “unleashed a torrent of racist abuse” because he was angered by the woman placing his £200 winnings on the counter, rather than in his hand.

"He became impatient and when he was given the money, he told her: 'When Brexit comes you will be gone,'" prosecutor Jacqui Hughes told Croydon Magistrates’ Court.

She asked him what he meant by that and asked him to leave.

The prosecutor went on to say Keogh called the victim, Anneka Davis, the racial slur as he left the shop and clenched his fists as he approached her at the door, causing her to "fear for her safety".

A few days later Keogh was recognised by staff after he was seen boarding a bus, and he was reported to the police.

Davis told the court she was unable to work for five days after the incident, in August 2018, because of stress.

"Due to the comments made by the man in question, I questioned whether I was welcome in this country as a black person,” she added.

Due to the climate and everything that is going on with Brexit, I felt that I was questioning myself and whether I belonged.

"I was born in this country and I have lived here all my life. I can't help that I was born black.”

Keogh’s defence lawyer Tariq Al-Mallak said his client suffered from PTSD following a car accident, however there was "no explanation that could justify that behaviour".

Additional reporting by PA

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