Boy, 12, guilty of vi­cious race hate as­sault


Manchester Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - By CHAR­LOTTE COX char­ @ccox­men­media


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

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