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Black sailor 'nicknamed Mugabe'

Andrew Antrobus
Chief Petty Officer Antrobus said he made repeated complaints

A black Royal Navy recruiting officer has told a tribunal he suffered racial abuse by being nicknamed "Robert Mugabe" over his management style.

Chief Petty Officer Andrew Antrobus, 36, who was manager of a recruitment office in Redruth, Cornwall, said the name was used by jealous colleagues.

The Royal Navy denied this, claiming he used the Zimbabwean president's name himself as a joke over his managing.

The employment tribunal, which is being held in Exeter, Devon, continues.

Diary kept

Mr Antrobus said he had had fantastic career in the navy but that he had experienced some racial abuse, starting in May 2007, which eventually led to a loss in his confidence.

He said his colleagues were jealous, particularly after he introduced a stricter management regime.

He said he made repeated complaints to senior officers but they were ignored and kept a diary of the alleged abuse, saying he recorded many feelings of being upset and helpless.

Giving evidence on Tuesday, the Royal Navy said he had invented the nickname for himself and he had had "no problem with it".

The employment tribunal is due to last for the rest of the week.

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