Boy, 12, guilty of vicious race hate assault
BRAVE 13-YEAR-OLD TELLS COURT OF HORRIFIC BEATING HE SUFFERED AT HANDS OF RACIST GANG OF CHILDREN
BRAVE VICTIM TELLS COURT HOW GANG HURLED VILE ABUSE AT HIM AND STAMPED ON HIS HEAD
A 12-YEAR-OLD boy has been found guilty of stomping on a schoolboy’s head during a vile race hate attack which left the victim ‘unrecognisable.’
A gang of five, including the defendant, set upon the 13-year-old and battered him – but he bravely gave evidence before magistrates to convict one assailant.
After the thug was brought to justice, the victim’s father – a Syrian who moved to the UK 20 years ago – told how his strong son is fighting back, adding: “I truly believe that Manchester is the best place to live in the UK – and in Europe.”
As the guilty verdict was read out at Manchester’s Youth Court yesterday afternoon, the young defendant’s mother launched an expletive-laden tirade of abuse at the bench before storming out.
The 12-year-old had denied a charge of racially aggravated assault.
Earlier, it was heard the defendant, who can’t be named for legal reasons, was in a gang who ‘surrounded’ the victim at Plank Hill Park, Blackley, on June 24.
After hurling disgusting racial slurs, they launched a brutal assault which left him in ‘intolerable’ pain – and in need of both hospital and dental treatment.
In a statement read out by Alan Bakker, prosecuting, the victim – who also can’t be named for legal reasons– said he’d been in the park for a kick-about with two pals when a large group of boys and girls came towards them.
He tried to leave but was followed and subjected to swearing, racist taunts and ‘gibberish in an Indian accent’ by five lads from the group.
When they surrounded him, he was left ‘with absolutely nowhere to go.’ The defendant grabbed him by the shoulder and knocked him to the floor. He climbed back to his knees but felt a shoe stamping the back of his head.
Describing the pain as ‘intolerable,’ he said in a statement he tried to protect himself with his arms but his shoulder was kicked so hard he was spun round and the stamping continued.
“They did not even take it in turns to kick me, they just all kicked me at once,” he said.
Eventually, one of the group pushed the boys away and he was dragged from their reach – but felt ‘disgusted’ to hear them laughing with ‘pride’ as they left.
He sought refuge at the house of a friend, whose mum was ‘unable to recognise him at first’ due to the swelling of his face. He was later taken to North Manchester General A&E – where he was treated for swelling and bruising to his face and skull by medics who said he was lucky not to have broken bones. The victim told the court he was ‘100 per cent sure’ of the identity of his assailant, having been in a scrap with him three years earlier. Standing in the dock, the defendant insisted ‘it wasn’t me,’ and that he hadn’t been in the park that day but couldn’t recall his whereabouts. He said he knew the other people the victim claimed to have been in the group, but they were not friends, and that he hadn’t seen the defendant for three years. But returning a guilty verdict, chairman of the bench Kin Cheng described the defendant’s evidence as ‘selective, contradictory and inconsistent.’ Sentencing for the charge – along with earlier guilty pleas to affray, criminal damage to a dumper truck, and threatening another person with an offensive weapon after he chased someone with a crutch – were adjourned to October 10. He also admitted breaching a referral order.
The scene of the attack in Plank Hill Park
A head injury sustained by the boy in the attack