AN EX-SOLDIER who racially abused one man and assaulted another on the anniversary of the 9/11 New York terror attacks has escaped jail.
Henryk Ignaciuk, who served with the British Army in Northern Ireland, told one of his victims: “You bombed America, you guys are the worst. People like me have to stop you.”
He then punched another man outside the Natwest bank, in Market Place, Huddersfield.
The incidents happened last September 11 – seven years since the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks in the USA.
Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court heard 52-year-old Ignaciuk, of Huddersfield Road, Ravensthorpe, was queuing in the bank when he started racially insulting an Asian customer.
When the victim threatened to call the police, Ignaciuk said: “They can’t touch me, I’m in the army.”
The man went outside and called the police. While he was standing outside with an Asian friend, Ignaciuk walked out and punched the friend in the face, giving him a black eye.
Ignaciuk was arrested and admitted racially aggravated harassment and racially aggravated assault.
He was given a two-year supervision order and ordered to attend a hate crime course and pay £125 compensation with £60 costs.