Yob, 12, in race-hate at­tack

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By PAUL BRIT­TON

A 12-YEAR-OLD yob who stamped on a Mus­lim school­boy’s head in a race-hate gang at­tack has been warned he will be locked up if his thug­gish be­hav­iour con­tin­ues.

The young­ster also chased and ‘ter­rorised’ a 10-year-old boy with a crutch while wear­ing a mask, and caused £500 of dam­age by hurl­ing stones at a truck on a build­ing site.

The boy, who can­not be iden­ti­fied be­cause of his age, has now been tagged.

He said ‘sorry’ as he stood in the dock at Manchester and Sal­ford mag­is­trates court. He was sen­tenced to com­plete an 18-month youth re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or­der and will be elec­tron­i­cally tagged for three months be­tween 8pm and 7am.

The court heard the boy, from north Manchester, has been ex­pelled from schools and hasn’t been in ed­u­ca­tion for more than 18 months.

Solic­i­tor Michael Cahill, de­fend­ing him in court, said he could be re­moved from the care of his par­ents, who the court heard re­strain him.’

Chair­man of the bench Ralph Nay­lor called him a ‘per­sis­tent young of­fender’ and warned him: “If you do not com­ply with these rules you will be back and you will be going into cus­tody. There is no al­ter­na­tive.”

The boy pleaded guilty to crim­i­nal dam­age, af­fray and threat­en­ing a per­son with an of­fen­sive weapon in a pub­lic place.

He de­nied racially ag­gra­vated as­sault, but was found guilty last month after a trial, at which his 13-year-old vic­tim bravely gave evi- ‘can­not dence against him. The boy was in a gang of ‘six or seven’ who sur­rounded the young vic­tim and his friends in Black­ley on June 24 this year, the court heard.

Racial slurs were shouted at the vic­tim be­fore he was grabbed by the neck and bru­tally at­tacked.

The vic­tim said: “I felt kicks and stamps all over my head. The pain was un­bear­able. I just wanted them to stop. They all just at­tacked me at once. I was so upset I started to cry.”

The boy, the son of a Syr­ian refugee, said he heard the gang laugh­ing as they walked away. He was left with bruis­ing and swelling to his head and skull and a badly bruised face. He said the at­tack meant he couldn’t cel­e­brate Eid with his fam­ily as he was in hos­pi­tal. “It has made me feel sec­ond class, like be­ing a Mus­lim is some­thing to be ashamed of,” he added.

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