This image shows the touching moment a Glaswegian pensioner apologised to the family of a young burns victim who he threatened and racially abused.

James Conner, from Carmyle, Glasgow, shouted abuse at Mohammad Asif, his wife Nasima and their two-year-old nephew Mohammad Sudais as they relaxed in their garden.

The 67-year-old visited the family just hours after he escaped a jail sentence for his ignorant rant – and incredibly they forgave him.

Speaking at his family home, Mohammad, 50, said: “We forgive him because we don’t have anything against him, he was very emotional and very upset by what he had done.”

The toddler – known as “Scotland’s baby” – travelled to the country in 2014 to receive treatment for his severe burns following a gas explosion that killed his mum, dad and brother in Pakistan.


Drunken Conner told the family to “f*** off back to where you come from” and said that he would “f****** bomb you and your house.”

During the foul-mouth outburst last April, he also indicated towards little Mohammad and threatened to “f****** kill that child.”

Conner was ordered to pay £400 compensation to the family at his sentencing at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Thursday, 25 July.

But only hours after appearing in court, Conner visited the family to express his regret.  He told them that he’d gotten drunk after discussing Islamist terrorist with friends.

He said: “I asked the police at the outset to convey my apologies to the family, but they clearly didn’t do that. After I was arrested, I couldn’t go to the family.

“I was under an obligation to stay away from them while the case was pending.

“I would have been in breach of bail conditions if I’d gone near them.

“But I took the first opportunity I could to apologise.”

Mohammad said that he had initially been unhappy with Conner’s sentence, but have forgiven him after he came to apologise.

He said: “He was full of regret and ashamed of himself. Had he come to us the day after he did what he did then I would have dropped the police charge.

“As human beings we all make mistakes, the best person has to realise when they’ve made a mistake and make amends.”

The family even shook hands with Conner and invited him into their home for coffee and cakes, to discuss what had happened.