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A STUDENT who helped collar two robbers told how he no longer feels safe living in Sunderland.

Julal Hussain, 27, was targeted by Marc Bogie and Daniel Mills as he walked home from the city’s University library.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that when Julal got to his front door, the pair demanded cash and hurled racist abuse at him.

They then made off with his rucksack containing a laptop, holding important university coursework.

To stop them getting away, Julal gave chase, while talking to the police on his mobile phone, and was able to point the drunken duo out when officers got to the scene.

Bogie and Mills were arrested and Julal’s property was returned to him.

Prosecutor Neil Pallister told the court the pair had shouted “get back to your own country” and “I will kill you” before making off with his bag.

The court heard Julal, who comes from Pakistan, told police: “I believe this was a racist attack. They targeted me because I am not white or British.

“I think they believed me to be an easy target. I no longer feel safe at home or in the street.

“I am worried they may recognise me and threaten me.”

Mills, of Azalea Terrace North, Sunderland, admitted robbery and was jailed for 15 months.

Bogie, of Leechmere Road, Sunderland, admitted robbery, assaulting a female police officer after his arrest and breach of an earlier suspended sentence.

He was jailed for 19-and-a-half months.

Mr Recorder Tahir Khan QC told them: “All of this was late at night and made worse because of the racial abuse you subjected him to.

“Small wonder that now, after the event, Mr Hussain feels frightened, fearing that he may well be the subject of further attacks because of his ethnicity.”

Defence barristers said the pair were both very drunk at the time of the robbery, which was unplanned, and they both feel real remorse for what happened.

Warren Grier, for Mills, said: “There was no violence used and the goods have been recovered.”

Jamie Adams, for Bogie, said: “This was a squalid, unsophisticated and unpleasant street mugging by two drunks.”