Yob knocked out chef’s tooth in ‘racist’ attack at Sunderland pizza shop

Devito's - off Blind Lane, Silksworth.
Devito's - off Blind Lane, Silksworth.
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A YOB who knocked out a chef’s tooth has been jailed and branded a racist.

Brent Brooke hurled foul race-hate abuse and spat at staff in Devitos takeaway, in Silksworth, Sunderland, then attacked the cook who was taking a break outside.

Judge Jonathan Carrol jailed the 23-year-old for six months and said Brooke’s behaviour was “utterly obnoxious”.

The judge told Brooke, who has been convicted of a racial offence in the past: “Despite your difficulty in accepting you are a racist, what is clear to the court is you are. You are a racist and these attitudes are entrenched in you.

“Whereas such behaviour might have been tolerated by society years ago, it is not tolerated by society any more.

“This was an extended period of racist behaviour, not just some momentary madness in drink.”

Brooke, of Dene Street, Sunderland, admitted racially aggravated public disorder and common assault.

He was on a suspended sentence for burglary at the time.

The court heard Brooke had gone into the takeaway with a woman on February 19 last year, and was shouting about coming from Sunderland.

He then started hurling racial abuse at staff behind the counter and was asked to leave.

While outside the shop he encountered the chef.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court: “He described the defendant approaching him and spitting towards him. He was racially abusive.

“The male punched him in the face. He fell to the floor and called for help.”

The court heard after the attack, which knocked out the cook’s tooth, Brooke went back into the shop when he spat towards members of staff amid more abuse.

The court heard Brooke claimed the insults were just “banter”.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Brooke has not been in trouble since and is expecting a baby with his girlfriend in May.

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