A Slovakian man living in London has been banned from the north-west district of the city for one year after giving a Nazi salute and shouting “Heil Hitler” outside a kosher restaurant where three men were commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day.
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Miroslav Ondrus, 33, was sentenced to 180 hours of community service and banned from the district known as NW11, which includes Hampstead and Golders Green, which have large Jewish populations,jewishnews.co.uk reported.
Ondrus admitted two charges of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and one charge of assault by beating for approaching Neville Kesselman and Gary Ost and performing the Nazi salute outside the White House Express in Golders Green Road on April 29 this year.
He also admitted to assaulting restaurant manager Solomon Tangi, whom he picked up and shook violently.
The magistrate’s court judge described Ondrus’ actions as “highly inflammatory” and “profoundly insulting, threatening and outrageous.”
“You came here to work – there is nothing wrong with that – but if you come here you must abide by our rules and laws,” the judge said.
The defendant’s attorney said that Ondrus was so drunk at the time he “can’t remember anything” and “could not be more apologetic.” “He’s not a racist and he can’t explain why he did or said what he did.”
Another man, Jozef Dubos, 41, denied two charges of racially or religiously aggravated harassment and will appear in court on August 26.