Law student admits chanting ‘we hate the blacks’ to another student in Nottingham Trent University halls

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A law student who was captured on video making racist chants in student halls has pleaded guilty.

Joe Tivnan, 19, will pay £500 compensation to Nottingham Trent University student Rufaro Chisango after his racist chanting was described as “disgusting, shocking and disgraceful”.

Tivan, from Birmingham, pleaded guilty at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court today  to racially or religiously aggravated harassment, after a video of the chanting went viral.

Fellow student Rufaro Chisango posted footage she recorded on social media in March – which included chants of “We hate the blacks” and “Sign the Brexit papers”.

The 19-year-old law student admitted to using threatening or abusive words which caused distress to fellow Ms Chisango.

Tivan made an “unreserved” apology to anyone affected by his behaviour and said he was “truly sorry” for the distress he had caused.

District Judge Leo Pyle told Tivan: “You went off to continue your evening and this woman was too frightened to even leave her room.

Rufaro Chisango, a student at Nottingham Trent University, was subjected to racist abuse (Rufaro Chisango/Twitter)

“These words were described by other students as shocking, disgusting, appalling and disgraceful. It was entirely understandable that she felt what was being chanted was being aimed at her.”

The defendant’s co-accused, Lauren Leigh, 19, pleaded not guiltyto an offence in connection to the same incident and was granted unconditional bail until her trial on 19 July.

Ms Chisango, who posted the video on Twitter, tweeted at the time: “Words cannot describe how sad this makes me feel, in this 2018 people think this is still acceptable.”

Nottingham Trent University suspended the accused students following an investigation.

There have been a number of reports of racist incidents at universities in recent months.

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