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RACIST THUG DODGES JAIL FOR MSP ABUSE; Community service for scumbag who interrupted charity event and told Scots politician he wasn't from this country.

Byline: ASHLIE MCANALLY reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk

A RACIST thug has been spared jail for abusing MSP Humza Yousaf as he sold the Big Issue to highlight poverty.

Christopher Chisholm, 31, targeted the politician outside Queen Street station in Glasgow city centre.

The moron was caught on camera saying "benefit locust" before telling Glasgow-born Yousaf: "You're not from my country."

He ranted about Bulgarians and Romanians before adding: "Charity begins at home."

Dad-of-one Chisholm - who has previous breach of the peace convictions with religious and sexual orientation aggravations - last month admitted acting in a racially aggravated manner in February 2014.

Yesterday, Glasgow sheriff Andrew Mackie told him: "Your behaviour was deplorable. There is no place for the type of conduct you displayed in Scottish society."

There no place this of in society SHERIFF MACKIE " He handed Chisholm a community payback order with the condition he be supervised for 12 months and must carry out 90 hours of unpaid work within six months.

Adele MacDonald, prosecuting, earlier told Glasgow Sheriff Court how celebrities, politicians and other well-known people were invited to take part in the charity week, selling the Big Issue to raise awareness.

Chisholm, of Gartcosh, near Glasgow, went into a rant when Yousaf asked him if he wanted to buy the magazine. Student journalists were filming the charity event at the entrance to the station and were among those shocked by the racist outburst.

The incident was reported to police and there was a media campaign to identify Chisholm after the footage was posted online.

He was traced and charged. Laura Kiernan, defending, said her client had been drinking on the train and when he arrived he saw the cameras and vendor and approached them. She described his actions as a "brief outburst" but accepted it was "unpleasant".

Kiernan said Chisholm was sorry for his behaviour and he claimed he was no longer drinking.

The sheriff highlighted the previous convictions with aggravations relating to football and religion, and sexual orientation.

is for type conduct Scottish Chisholm was fined PS600 after he ran on to the pitch at Hampden as Rangers beat Celtic in the 2003 League Cup final.

His lawyer said: "That was at a football match when legislation was recently brought in, at that time perhaps while Glasgow was going through a cultural change."

She said he was fined for the conviction with the sexual orientation aggravation and that he was going through a "particularly traumatic time".

his he at There is no place for this type of conduct in Scottish society SHERIFF MACKIE

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