Teen convicted for racist train rant

A Brisbane teenager whose verbal attack on a railway security guard sparked community outrage has received a suspended jail sentence.

Abdel Kader Russell-Boumzar, 18, ignored media questions as he left the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

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The teenager pleaded guilty to 10 charges, including threatening racial and religious vilification against a 58-year-old man.

The court heard the teenager’s friend filmed and uploaded the abusive tirade and posted it to YouTube in October last year.

Solicitor Trent Jones said his client was high on ice at the time but had been drug-free for eight months.

The magistrate described Russell-Boumzar’s behaviour as un-Australian, disgusting and cowardly, but took into account his age, time spent in jail, his employment and family support.

He recorded a conviction and placed Russell-Boumzar on 12 months’ probation.


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