Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Man Threatened to 'Kill Asians' in Wake of Bomb

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Man Threatened to 'Kill Asians' in Wake of Bomb

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AN armed and masked man arrested in a park moments after telling police he wanted to 'kill Asians' in revenge for the Manchester Arena bombing has been jailed.

Christopher Gordon was wielding a kitchen knife and wearing a balaclava when an officer arrested him in Birchfields Park, between Longsight and Rusholme.

The area of south Manchester was described in court as being 'heavily populated by the Asian community.' Gordon, 33, has now been jailed for 22 months by a judge who said the 'tragic and horrendous' attack was no justification for his behaviour.

Prosecutor Simon Barrett told Manchester Crown Court that racially-motivated hate crimes increased four-fold in the month after the May 22 bombing, which killed 22 people and left around 250 others injured.

The court heard a female officer had to threaten to deploy her Taser on Gordon after catching up with him in Birchfields Park in the early hours of June 7. A jogger had told her 'there's a man down there with a knife wearing a balaclava.' .

The court was told Gordon dropped the knife when warned, but as he was arrested, said: "I'm f****** sick of these b******* bombing our country, they need to be sorted out."

He then referred to 'killing Asian b*******', Mr Barrett said.

Minutes earlier Gordon had phoned 999 and told the operator that if police did not come and get him he would 'kill somebody'.

He told them he was in Birchfields Park, that he had a black mask on and a knife, and said he was 'going to kill the b******* who f****** blew us up.' .

"I'm coming for them Asian b*******. I'm not promising that I'm not going to walk down the park and find an Asian person," he said.

Gordon, who works as a cleaner, later admitted making threats to kill - a racially-aggravated public order offence - and possessing a bladed article.

Prosecutor Simon Barrett told the sentencing hearing Gordon had been drinking on the day of the incident and had earlier made drunken calls to police in which he 'reported a robbery and indicated he had not paid a fine. …

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