(DAILYMAIL) ā€” A rap-mad music fan who shouted n***** at a black man has walked free from court after magistrates agreed he had just been using ‘street slang’.

Christopher Jones was arrested after he was overheard aiming the offensive word at a group of men in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, on September 10.

But the sign-writer claimed he couldnā€™t be racist because he listened to hip-hop music, had ‘more black friends than white friends’ and this is what he called everyone.

Police charged him with using racially-aggravated words or behaviour and Jones was hauled before magistrates last week.

And he was cleared of racist abuse after successfully arguing that he regularly uses the word n****r as ‘a term of endearment’ on the streets around his home.

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