A video game player in Australia is facing charges after being caught using a racist slur to describe another player online.
The video game designer, who is also an Australian, is facing a maximum of six months in jail after pleading guilty to four charges of breaching the Racial Discrimination Act.
The court heard the defendant used the word ‘p***y’ during a game session.
The defendant was also found to have violated the Racial Equality Act by engaging in racial vilification.
The victim, who did not wish to be named, said he used the term “p***a” to describe a black player during a gaming session in December last year.
The game designer told the court he didn’t realise his behaviour was offensive when he found the slur and said he didn.
“I thought it was funny, I thought I was joking,” the defendant said.
“When I realised what was going on, I just went on and on.”
The defendant told the trial he had previously used the slur against an Asian player.
The trial heard that during the trial the victim was not aware of the slur being used on social media and he had been unaware that the offending player was black.
The accused, who had no prior criminal history, was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.