Ex-soldier, who was armed with an umbrella and hurled racist abuse at teacher when he chased down him down street in broad daylight, is spared prison
- Robert Browne, a former soldier, pleaded guilty for racially aggravated attack
- Footage showed Browne following Shabir Mahim down a street with umbrellas
- The viral video featured Browne, 56, hurling the P word at Mr Makim (40).
- He Tameside Magistrates Court handed her a 10-week suspended sentence
Robert Browne, a former soldier, was sentenced to a 10-week suspended sentence following his plea guilty to racially-aggravated assault
An ex-solider who chased down a teacher on the street while waving umbrellas and shouting racist abuse has escaped jail.
Robert Browne, 56, pleaded guilty at Tameside Magistrates Court to racially aggravated common assault after a viral video of him shouting a racist slur towards Shabir Makim, a 40-year-old teacher.
Footage from July showed Browne chasing Makim down a street in Cheadle, Stockport, while threatening to kill the teacher and jabbing him with two umbrellas – one in each hand.
The ex-solider continues to call Mr Makim the “P-word” and other insults. a ‘b*****d’ and a ‘c***’.
After Mr Makim had heard Browne harassing a homeless man nearby, the attack occurred.
Makim stated that the homeless man was simply going about his business. He’s a local homeless man whom everyone knows.
“In the video, he began to ask him questions like “Why aren’t you here?” “Why are you here?” and “Why don’t you work?” in a nasty tone.’
Browne was able to see that Mr Makim had begun filming the “aggressive” incident, leading Browne into turning and threatening him.
Yesterday the ex-soldier was handed a 10-week sentenced suspended for 18-months, and ordered to pay the teacher £300 following his guilty plea.
Yesterday, Mr Makim spoke outside the court and said that Brown’s sentencing was a ‘unacceptable’.
He I said that he thought the sentence was completely unjustified. He has been basically released from prison and can do it again if needed.
“I don’t feel justice was done – for the things I went through – it’s unacceptable.”
During the sentencing, Browne apologised and said he had been under the influence of alcohol when he carried out the attack.
He I told the court that I was sorry for my behavior on that day. It was unacceptable.
Video footage from July showed Browne running after Shabir Makim, a 40 year-old teacher in Stockport. He was seen holding umbrellas and shouting the P word. Mr Makim stated yesterday that his Tameside Magistrates Court sentencing was ‘unacceptable.
The court heard that Browne, a Buxton resident, had been recently diagnosed with PTSD. Browne was also attending the funeral of a military friend.
Talk to ITV After the sentencing, Mr Makim recalled the incident.
He said: ‘He He got very angry, and he thrust his umbrellas towards me.
‘They weren’t small umbrellas. They were large umbrellas. I think one or two of the umbrellas had metal ends.
“The strength he used for pushing forward would have gone to the back my brain if it had gone through my eyes.
After suffering bumps to the head and a concussion, Mr Makim had to spend the night in hospital.
He It was “sickening and worrying” that such an attack could occur. He also said that someone ‘elderly or more vulnerable’ might not have been able to defend themselves as well.
After The video was shared by Mr Makim with his friends in a WhatsApp group. It was then shared on Twitter, where it received 1.5 million views.