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Sunday, 13 May 2012

Hull Royal guard goes from hero to zero after racist assault

AN AWARD-winning hospital security guard has wrecked his career after assaulting a man in a racist attack.
James Duffy, 32, was shopping at Tesco in Newland Avenue, west Hull, when he approached two Asian brothers in their car, accusing them of laughing at him.
He became racially abusive and headbutted one of the men.
Just last week, Duffy was given a Golden Heart Award for his support and service to patients at Hull Royal Infirmary.
Now, Judge Jeremy Baker QC has ordered him to hand over his £500 prize to his victim.
The judge said: "It was a deeply unpleasant incident of which you should be thoroughly ashamed."
Duffy pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault at Hull Crown Court when he assaulted the man in the car park of the store last June.
He claimed he had been racially abusive to them because he had been called a "white boy".
In a victim impact statement, the Asian man said he was cautious about going out and was "disgusted" by the way he had been treated.
His barrister John Thackray said Duffy's licence to work as a security guard had been suspended. He said: "He has lost his work and cannot work in this industry again."
He said: "Racial incidents such as this are matters that the court will not tolerate and treats particularly seriously.
"Undoubtedly, there is an element of higher culpability because of the use of a weapon by headbutting."
Duffy was given a three-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

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