A South Yorkshire thug who racially abused a man and headbutted him in a row over a cigarette lighter has been spared jail.
Jason Bedford was staying in homeless shelter Holden House, Race Street, Barnsley, when he borrowed a lighter from a fellow resident.
When the man, a Sudanese asylum-seeker, asked for it back, Bedford, of Belmont Avenue, Barnsley, called him a racist name before butting him twice.
Brian Outhwaite, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court, said: “The complainant was then pushed against a door, they fell onto a stairway and down the stairs. He remembers Bedford saying ‘I want to go to jail for killing you.’”
Bedford admitted racially aggravated common assault after the incident on December 4 last year.
Richard Barradell, mitigating, said: “Bedford is mature enough to realise he has anger management issues. He is fed up with his life – he doesn’t want to be a violent man.”
Handing him a three-year community order, Mr Recorder Steven Coupland said: “Not only did you launch an attack on him because you were in a bad mood, you peppered what you were doing with offensive, racist names.”
Bedford, aged 29, was also ordered to pay a £60 surcharge.