London: English Man Jailed for Singing 2Face Idibia in Racist Attack

February 9, 2018

A train passenger who drunkenly mocked a black commuter by singing in a "Jamaican or West Indian" accent wept in court as he was jailed and declared: "I'm not racist - that's how it is in the charts."

 

Sam Timms (38) sang 2face Idibia's 2004 hit African Queen to a fellow passenger on the Leicester-to-London train, Blackfriars Crown Court heard.

The victim had boarded the train at Wellingborough station and taken a seat, said Andrew Copeland, prosecuting.

Timms told her, 'That seat's occupied by my friend', after fellow passenger Suleman Haje (44), went to the toilet.

Mr Copeland said: "She remained seated there and Mr Haje then came and took the seat beside Mr Timms, and she heard reference to her being a 'black bitch', repeated four or five times.

"She heard them using a Jamaican or West African accent and calling her an 'African princess'.

"Eventually the train operator was contacted and (the victim) went to another carriage. The defendants remained until they arrived at London St Pancras, where they were arrested by British Transport Police."

Judge Rajeev Shetty said the victim suffered "what can only be described as a barrage of racially targeted or themed comments".

Timms, of Litelmede, North Evington, Leicester, admitted racially aggravated But Haje, of Stoughton Drive, Stoneygate, Leicester, failed to turn up for the hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Sentencing Timms, who wept in the dock and said, "I'm not a racist", Judge Shetty described Haje as "the main protagonist" in the incident.

But he told Timms: "You also played your part, singing a song, African Queen, and singing it in an Afro-Caribbean accent which was clearly done because of her ethnic group, making her feel uncomfortable."

Simms interrupted the judge and wailed: "But that's how it is in the charts."

harassment and was sentenced to five months in jail.

The judge said: "I am not saying you're a racist, but it is obvious you were doing things that were picking on her racial background.

A train passenger who drunkenly mocked a black commuter by singing in a "Jamaican or West Indian" accent wept in court as he was jailed and declared: "I'm not racist - that's how it is in the charts."

Sam Timms (38) sang 2face Idibia's 2004 hit African Queen to a fellow passenger on the Leicester-to-London train, Blackfriars Crown Court heard.

The victim had boarded the train at Wellingborough station and taken a seat, said Andrew Copeland, prosecuting.

Timms told her, 'That seat's occupied by my friend', after fellow passenger Suleman Haje (44), went to the toilet.

Mr Copeland said: "She remained seated there and Mr Haje then came and took the seat beside Mr Timms, and she heard reference to her being a 'black bitch', repeated four or five times.

"She heard them using a Jamaican or West African accent and calling her an 'African princess'.

"Eventually the train operator was contacted and (the victim) went to another carriage. The defendants remained until they arrived at London St Pancras, where they were arrested by British Transport Police."

Judge Rajeev Shetty said the victim suffered "what can only be described as a barrage of racially targeted or themed comments".

Timms, of Litelmede, North Evington, Leicester, admitted racially aggravated But Haje, of Stoughton Drive, Stoneygate, Leicester, failed to turn up for the hearing, and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Sentencing Timms, who wept in the dock and said, "I'm not a racist", Judge Shetty described Haje as "the main protagonist" in the incident.

But he told Timms: "You also played your part, singing a song, African Queen, and singing it in an Afro-Caribbean accent which was clearly done because of her ethnic group, making her feel uncomfortable."

Simms interrupted the judge and wailed: "But that's how it is in the charts."

harassment and was sentenced to five months in jail.

The judge said: "I am not saying you're a racist, but it is obvious you were doing things that were picking on her racial background.

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