RACIST ATTACK: The graffiti spray painted on Jackson Yamba’s flat door (Image: Jackson Yamba/Twitter)
A MAN has been jailed after he was found guilty of spray painting racist graffiti on the door of his black neighbour’s flat.
Vaughan Dowd, 54, was sentenced to 12 months in prison for painting “no blacks” on a family’s door just five days after they moved into the property in Salford.
Jackson Yamba’s 10-year-old son, David, had been left “terrified” by the graffiti.
He told The Victoria Derbyshire Show: “I was terrified because my dad told me to come out, but I wanted to stay indoors because i thought someone was waiting or something was going to happen.”
In court, judge Alan Conrad QC told Dowd: “What you did was not welcome in any civilised society.”
“This was simply an outpouring of racist views held by you for which there is no excuse,” the BBC reported he said.
Dowd’s lawyer said his client maintained he was not racist and said that Brexit and immigration was playing on his mind.
“Of course I’m quite satisfied with the outcome. It’s been such a bad experience,” he told Hits Radio Manchester after the sentence was handed out.
Yamba, a solicitor, said he did not think Brexit played a role but that racism alone was behind Dowd’s crime.
In addition to his jail sentence, Dowd has also lost his tenancy at the housing association flats where he had lived for 25 years.
Yamba’s tweet about the incident and the lack of a swift response from the police was shared widely on social media back in February.
My front door in Salford was painted over a week ago with this abhorrent racist graffiti – after reporting it to @gmpolice they still haven’t been here to investigate. How do I assure my traumatised 10 year old that he is safe in his home? @BBCBreaking @RLong_Bailey @guardian pic.twitter.com/WjGEz9rT7e
— Jackson Yamba (@JacksonYamba) February 16, 2019
Chief constable Ian Hopkins of Greater Manchester Police apologised to Yamba over the way the police initially dealt with his case and requested that officers visited him and investigated the incident immediately.
In the aftermath of the attack, Yamba and his son received considerable support both online and in person.
— Jackson Yamba (@JacksonYamba) February 28, 2019
In April, the pair were invited to be the guests of honour at a Salford Red Devils rugby club match.
However, Yamba, who came to the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, said he is considering leaving Greater Manchester, the BBC reported.
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