A young man from Cronulla, who beat an elderly stranger to death, shouted: "You're not going to get away you f---ing Jap," a Sydney court has heard.
James Dean-Willcocks is on trial for the murder of Magno Alvarado, 67, who died in the street in Cronulla on October 10, 2009.
The court heard that Mr Dean-Willcocks, who has had a plea of guilty to the charge of manslaughter rejected by the crown prosecutor, was celebrating his 23rd birthday when the alleged attack occurred.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder.
In his opening address, Crown prosecutor Terry Thorpe said witnesses had heard Mr Alvarado screaming for help as Mr Dean-Willcocks repeatedly punched, tackled and body-slammed him, chasing after him when he briefly got away.
The court heard that Mr Dean-Willcocks said during the attack: "F--- off back to Japan" and "You're not going anywhere you f---ing Jap."
When a witness later screamed at Mr Dean-Willcocks to stop, he allegedly replied: "He's a f---ing Jap, he deserved it."
The court heard that Mr Dean-Willcocks was heavily intoxicated at the time of the attack and may also have been affected by speed.
He had been drinking beer and Southern Comfort at a serviced apartment in the Sydney CBD with a large group of friends, some of whom were also celebrating their birthdays, before returning to the Sutherland Shire.
Mr Thorpe said that, although it was not necessary to establish that Mr Dean-Willcocks was motivated by a dislike of people of Asian appearance, it "might provide some explanation for what appears to be a random act of substantial and persistent violence by a 23-year-old man against a 67-year-old".
Mr Dean-Willcocks's lawyer, Phillip Boulton, SC, said that his client did not deny that the attack took place, but that he did not intend to murder the victim or to cause grievous bodily harm of a very serious nature.
He said Mr Dean-Willcocks was so intoxicated he was not aware of the consequences if his actions.
The trial continues.
Paul Bibby is a Herald Court Reporter.