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Vic brothers admit violent racism row

AAP logoAAP 21/09/2016 Jacqueline Le

Two Melbourne brothers have pleaded guilty to beating a man unconscious near a club during a confrontation about racism.

James Bruce, 20, and his brother Matthew, 19, have pleaded guilty to one count each of affray, and James has admitted a charge of intentionally causing injury over a June 2015 assault in Prahran.

James was coming out of a bar on Chapel Street when a man of African background walking past overheard him say "my n*****" and an argument ensued, the Melbourne Magistrates Court was told on Wednesday.

James says he was singing a song and it was not in reference to the victim, and police do not allege the attack was racially motivated.

After the man confronted the then 19-year-old about his use of the word "n*****", he walked away from Chapel Street.

CCTV footage captured James, who had been drinking, following the man towards a car park.

The teen then punches and kicks him, as one of his brothers tried to stop him.

Matthew is also captured on camera kicking the man in the groin as he lies motionless on the ground, before he and his brother pull James off the man. All three left the scene.

Members of the public then came to the beaten man's aid, and he was taken to hospital by paramedics as police began collecting evidence from the crime scene.

After images of the brothers were circulated in the media following a police appeal, they handed themselves in to police.

The brothers made full admissions during their record of interview and have demonstrated remorse, the court was told.

Magistrate Carolene Gwynn said it was lucky the victim did not receive life-threatening injuries as a result of James and Matthew's actions.

"It's really more by good fortune, rather than good management, that the injuries weren't more significant," she said.

The brothers will return to court in October.

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