A court heard that Brexit and immigration were playing on the mind of Vaughan Dowd, 55, when he vandalised the home of Jackson Yamba, five days after the solicitor and his son moved into their flat in Greater Manchester.
Yamba, 38, said the racist graffiti had left his son, David, afraid to live in his own home after it appeared on three doors in their building on 8 February.
Dowd, a single man with no children, led a "sad life", spending his time working then drinking alcohol and watching television, and "Brexit and immigration" was "playing on his mind" at the time, Manchester Crown Court heard.
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An image of the graffiti, tweeted by Yamba, was shared more than 12,000 times and prompted a wave of support from police, politicians and members of the public.
Man jailed over racist graffiti daubed on Salford flat
Manchester crown court heard on Thursday that Dowd, a single man with no children, led a sad life, spending his time working then drinking alcohol and watching television.
Brexit and immigration were on his mind at the time, said Dowds barrister, Iain Johnstone, who added: He wishes to apologise to everyone, including the community at large, for the trouble he has caused.
Judge Alan Conrad QC, jailing Dowd for 12 months, told the defendant his actions were crude, bigoted and extremely hurtful.
He added: This country, in particular this area, the cities of Salford and Manchester, have a long and proud history of diversity and inclusivity. We welcome those who, having a right to come here, do so and when they do, lead decent and productive lives.
What you did was not welcome in any civilised society. You have experienced anxiety, but then again many people experience anxiety and would not dream of behaving as you did.
In reality, this was simply an outpouring of racist views held by you for which there is no excuse. It must be made clear that imprisonment will follow offences such as this.
Superintendent Marcus Noden, of GMPs Salford district, said: This was a cowardly and spiteful act, and there is no place for this kind of hatred in Manchester or anywhere else. No one should be subjected to this kind of abuse, especially in their own home, and I hope the fact that Dowd must now face the consequences of his actions brings the victim some comfort. I also hope this acts as a reminder that Greater Manchester police do not tolerate any form of hate crime, and we will actively pursue those responsible and ensure they are brought to justice.
After seeing the graffiti as they left home for work and school, the 10-year-old boy became tearful and Mr Yamba said the attack had left him fearful and angry.
Vaughan Dowd, 54, pleaded guilty to racially-aggravated criminal damage after targeting the Salford home of 38-year-old solicitor Jackson Yamba