A man who daubed "No Blacks" on the home of an African neighbour has been jailed for 12 months.
Vaughan Dowd, 54, pleaded guilty to a single count of racially-aggravated criminal damage.
He vandalised three doors, including the one to Jackson Yamba's home by writing the slur in white paint.
At a previous hearing, Dowd's barrister said the defendant could not explain why he committed the crime.
"Sheer and simple racism might be one reason," Judge Alan Conrad QC said.
Dowd painted the front door of the home of Mr Yamba, 38, just five days after he moved from a neighbouring block to the same flats where the defendant lived in Irlams o' th' Height in Salford, Greater Manchester.
After seeing the graffiti as he and his 10-year-old son David left home, the youngster became tearful and Mr Yamba, who came to the UK from the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2006, said the attack had left him fearful and angry.
The same graffiti was also daubed in the same white paint on an internal communal door and the entry door to the block of flats.
Dowd, a self-employed gardener who "would not say boo to a goose" cannot explain why he targeted the family, his lawyer told a court after he admitted committing the offence last month.
The defendant pleaded guilty to a single count of racially aggravated criminal damage on February 8 and sentencing was adjourned for the preparation of a psychiatric report.
Dowd, who is in custody, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court.
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