- Mark Hawksby recognised Viorel Dinu from Gypsies on Benefits and Proud
- Ex-soldier had watched Channel 5 documentary a week before incident
- Hawksby hurled abuse at Dinu in York street for ‘milking the benefits system’
- Former soldier found guilty and handed a four-month suspended sentence
An ex-soldier has been handed a suspended sentence for racially aggravated threatening behaviour towards an amputee gipsy busker who bragged on national TV about ‘milking the benefits system’.
Viorel Dinu, 25, told Channel 5’s Gypsies on Benefits and Proud he and other Romanians had come to the UK because it was a ‘soft touch’ for scroungers, a court heard.
But his boasts caught up with him when former soldier Mark Hawksby, 34, recognised him from the programme after tripping over the busker’s money-filled coat on a street in York.
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