A man has admitted daubing "No Blacks" on the home of a family from Africa.
Vaughan Dowd, 54, pleaded guilty to a single count of racially aggravated criminal damage at Manchester Magistrates' Court on Thursday.
Dowd, wearing jeans and a brown jumper and shirt, spoke only to confirm his name and details and to plead guilty to the offence in Salford on February 8 this year.
District Judge Mark Hadfield said the sentencing powers of the magistrates court were insufficient to deal with the case and he ordered Dowd be dealt with at Manchester Crown Court at a later date.
A decision on whether Dowd will be given bail in the meantime will be made later.
Dowd's address was given as 57 Irlam Square, Salford.
The court heard the victim got up on the morning of February 8 to leave for work when he saw "No Blacks" painted on his front door in white paint.
The same graffiti was also daubed on an internal communal door and the entry door to the block of flats where he lives.
Ann Deakin, prosecuting, said inquiries were made by police and through CCTV records and building access records, the police arrested Dowd.
Ms Deakin said the CCTV showed Dowd covering his face to carry out the attack before returning to the flats with his face uncovered.
In a victim impact statement, the householder said: