A group of street drinkers who racially abused and attacked a University of Lincoln student in the city, have been jailed.
The four approached Nadir Ali, 32, outside the Supasave store in Corporation Street, Lincoln, and shouted racist abuse at him before he was punched and kicked.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, at Lincoln Crown Court said the group momentary left Mr Ali alone but then returned to abuse him. He sought sanctuary in a Tesco Express store.
One of the group, James Lunt, tried to follow him into the store but was blocked by shopper Kenneth Reidy.
Lunt then shouted racist abuse at Mr Reidy, who is Irish, before door staff from a nearby bar went to assist and the group moved away.
James Lunt, 37, of no fixed address; Nigel Saddington, 27, of Reynolds Drive, Lincoln; Adrian Hutchinson, 49, of Tudor House, Ermine East, Lincoln; and Mary Dowdall, 41, also of Tudor House, Ermine East, Lincoln; each admitted racially aggravated common assault of Mr Ali on January 12.
Lunt, who also admitted a second charge of racially aggravated common assault and another of racially aggravated harassment against Mr Reidy, was jailed for 17 months. Saddington was jailed for 10 months and Hutchinson and Dowdall were each jailed for nine months.
Judge Michael Heath said: "Racism is evil. Those who indulge in racially aggravated violence must expect to be punished."
He praised the intervention of Mr Reidy awarding him £250 out of public funds.
Mark Knowles, for Lunt, said he turned to drink 16 years ago following the death of his young son and suffered a relapse when his father died.
Jon Straw, for Saddington, said he was of low intellectual ability and was dependant on alcohol. Caroline Lody, for Hutchinson, said he was the least involved.
Sian Cutter, for Dowdall, said she was an alcoholic and very drunk at the time.