Racist attack man 'had Nazi artefacts'

POLICE found a collection of Nazi artefacts at the Ipswich home of a man who had carried out a racially aggravated attack, a court heard.Earlier Mark Brunning, 38, had abused and pushed off a wall a man who was waiting with a friend outside the town's railway station.

POLICE found a collection of Nazi artefacts at the Ipswich home of a man who had carried out a racially aggravated attack, a court heard.

Earlier Mark Brunning, 38, had abused and pushed off a wall a man who was waiting with a friend outside the town's railway station.

When his victim, described in court as of Eastern Mediterranean appearance, said that he would call the police, Brunning had snapped the man's mobile phone in half.

Brunning appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Friday to be sentenced after pleading guilty to racially aggravated assault and racially aggravated criminal damage.


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Imposing a suspended prison sentence, Mr Recorder Martyn Levett said he had concerns about Brunning's attitude to people from other countries, especially because of what had been found at his home, and his apparent failure to fully appreciate the consequences of his actions.

Prosecutor John Kellett said that Ahmad Azizi had been sitting on a low wall outside Ipswich station on the late afternoon of August 9, 2005 with a friend.

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Brunning, who was a passenger in a van which stopped at traffic lights alongside where Mr Azizi was sitting, shouted out at him: "You foreigners, what the **** are you doing here? Why do you come here?"

Mr Azizi had asked what the problem was and then made a two finger gesture towards the van which drove off, said Mr Kellett.

Five minutes later the van returned and Brunning got out. He approached Mr Azizi who after a brief exchange of words was pushed off the wall.

Mr Azizi said that he would call the police but before he could act Brunning had picked up his mobile phone, which was of a flip-open design, and snapped it in half.

Mr Kellett said that Brunning got back into the van which drove off but Mr Azizi noted the registration

number and used his friend's phone to alert the police. Initially the van driver was questioned and later Brunning was arrested.

Later when police went to Brunning's home in Bramford Lane, Ipswich, officers discovered a collection of Nazi memorabilia, including a four feet by three feet flag on a wall displaying a swastika motif, books about Hitler, DVDs, and a workman's hard hat which had been decorated with Nazi slogans and symbols.

Brunning had initially pleaded not guilty to the assault and damage charges but changed his plea to guilty on what had been due to be the first day of his trial earlier this month.

In mitigation, Richard Kelly said that it was conceded that Brunning had a lack of insight into the

distress that he had caused.

Brunning was jailed for a total of four months, suspended for two years. Mr Recorder Levett said

conditions of the sentence would include not committing any offence anywhere in the UK within that time, maintaining contact with the Probation Service and participating in a recognised programme to address his attitude to others.

He was also ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Azizi for the damage caused to the mobile

phone

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