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The tirade was unrelenting, misogynist, sexist, racist, and it sent a man to jail.
As French tourist Fanny Desaintjores sat on a Melbourne bus singing with her friends in her native tongue in November 2012, David Robert Mathew Graham told her to "speak English or die" before unleashing a frightening, expletive-filled rant.
He threatened to cut Ms Desaintjores' breasts off with a filleting knife, telling her he was a chef and he knew what he was doing.
Graham also delivered a series of sexually degrading comments to her.
Hayden Stirling Stewart, 26, joined in the attack, and also threatened to cut the French woman.
In a different age, authorities might never have worked out who was behind the tirade, but the attack was captured on a mobile phone camera and went viral, and more than 4.7 million people viewed it across the world.
Graham, 37, who pleaded guilty to making a threat to inflict serious injury and behaving in an insulting manner in public, was jailed on Thursday for 21 days and placed on a 15-month community corrections order.
Magistrate Jennifer Goldsbrough said the rant was "overwhelmingly misogynist and sexist remarks and occasionally racist".
She said Graham led the attack, which was unrelenting and very, very serious offending.
His lawyer, Manny Nicolosi, admitted his client behaved despicably, but said a number of factors, including his client's history of alcohol abuse, a train cancellation and the hot weather, influenced his behaviour.
Stewart pleaded guilty to making a threat to inflict serious injury, behaving in an insulting manner in public and intentionally damaging a bus window, which he broke with his arm, causing glass to fall onto Ms Desaintjores and cut her.
Ms Goldsbrough noted Stewart, who had already served 63 days in custody, suffered a major depressive illness and played a much lesser role in the attack than Graham.
She sentenced Stewart, who has a long criminal history, to time already served and a community-based order that includes 150 hours of community service.
This article first appeared on www.sbs.com.au
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