A drunken yob who launched a tirade of 'vile and disgusting' racist abuse at a man on a bus has been jailed.
Jamie McMillan, 29, launched into a hateful rant and threatened the innocent fellow passenger as he travelled back from seeing his dying grandad in hospital.
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He was arrested after a video of the incident was posted on social media, M.E.N. reported.
And despite a grovelling apology, he has been locked up for seven and a half months by Manchester magistrates who described his behaviour as 'horrendous.'
Manchester Evening News
The abuse began at around 7:30pm on a bus heading towards Salford precinct, Eileen Rogers, prosecuting, told the court, when he began shouting at a fellow passenger described by witnesses as being African.
He began shouting about 'people like you and your scrotey family coming over and paying no tax.'
He eventually ordered the man to get off the bus or else he would "bounce this can off your head."
He warned him: "Otherwise I'm gonna drag you to Hope Hospital, dirty little black ****, and make your family pay the f*****g bills to keep my grandad alive."
With McMillan following him down the stairs, the man got off the bus at Salford Precinct. But McMillan walked back upstairs and continued to rant down his mobile phone saying there were "n****s on the bus."
Miss Rogers said he took several phone calls in which he told the person on the other end of the line that he was "on a mission."
And he continued his rant downstairs on the double decker bus shouting 'Islam' and 'Daesh' as he stamped on the floor.
After asking him to calm down, the driver stopped the bus and told McMillan to get off and locked the doors before calling police.
The entire episode, which lasted several minutes, was filmed by fellow passengers and uploaded to Facebook.
As a result of the footage being shared more than 500,000 times, McMillan handed himself in to police several days later, she added.
McMillan, who has a young daughter, said a mixture of booze and medication he is on meant he 'blacked out' and had no memory of the incident.
Wearing a red tracksuit top in the dock, as he was in the video, he admitted he woke up the next day 'knowing I'd done something bad but I didn't know what.'
Suzanne Ludlow defending said he was in a "very dark place" due to his deteriorating mental health.
She said on Sunday January 25 he had become embroiled in a family row after going to Salford Royal Hospital to see his dying grandfather and as a result had drunk four to five cans of beer which combined badly with his medication.
His grandfather died just six days after McMillan had gone to see him, the court was told, and it was at his funeral he was made aware that footage had emerged.
Ms Ludlow said: "He has seen the footage and actually asked for it to be stopped as he was so ashamed.
"This was a vile and disgusting incident for everybody on that bus.
"And he accepts his behaviour was completely unacceptable and very upsetting.
"This is not something he does, it is not something he has done in the past.
"It was something he did when he was at his lowest.
"But he knows that nothing can excuse this type of behaviour."
McMillan, of no fixed address pleading guilty to two racially aggravated public order offences of provocation of violence using words or writing and of causing harassment, alarm or distress.
He had been handed a suspended prison term of six weeks in November for three other public order matters, following a row with his partner's family.
Magistrates sentenced him to a total of 30 weeks behind bars, 24 weeks for these offences as well as activating the previously suspended six week sentence.
Chairman of the bench Pauline Sailsbury told him: "Me and my colleagues have looked at this matter very carefully.And we believe it was so horrendous that there is only sentence that is appropriate and that is custody."
Superintendent Chris Allsop, from GMP's Salford borough, said: "McMillan's behaviour was abhorrent and he should be utterly ashamed of himself.
"No one deserves to be targeted like this. We are all part of one society that should not tolerate this type of behaviour.
"GMP is committed to taking a stand against hatred and discrimination and I believe this case shows just that.
"In less than 48 hours, with the help of the public, we have successfully put someone behind bars.
"The message is clear - we do not and will not ever tolerate hate incidents and hate crimes in Greater Manchester."
This week is the launch of Greater Manchester Hate Crime Awareness Week, a week of action to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and promote tolerance and respect.