Thug attacks transgender
A transgender was subjected to a violent attack by a teenage thug in Prestwick town centre.
The attacker, who is aged 17 and cannot be named for legal reasons, reigned in punches on his terrified victim’s head in the town’s Main Street.
At Ayr Sheriff Court last Tuesday, he pled guilty to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner, behaviour likely to cause a reasonable person to suffer fear and alarm, and that he did shout, swear and utter remarks in relation to transgender identity.
The tearaway admitted assaulting his 16- year- old victim by pushing the vicitim on the body and repeatedly punching them on the head.
The offence occurred on May 28, 2018. Sentence on the teenager was deferred until September 10 to obtain a criminal justice social work report. When the case recalled last week, fiscal depute Jo Cunningham said witnesses were returning from Prestwick beach and the victim was with some friends when they encountered a group of boys, one of which was the accused.
She added:“The accused tried to engage with the complainer before assaulting him by punching him on the head and hitting him a number of times, calling him trans c** t or words to that effect.
“After that, the accused tried to goad the complainer and said ‘ come on’ to them.”
The alarm was raised when a witness contacted police.
The victim returned home “very upset” by the incident and, after speaking to parents, police were contacted.
Defence solicitor John Gallagher said his client has expressed contrition and insisted it was an isolated incident.
Mr Gallagher added: “He’s engaged in the process and will comply with unpaid work and engage with supervision.
“He has significantly reduced his consumption of alcohol but has very little recollection of these matters.”
The youth has previous criminal convictions and Sheriff Leslie wanted time to think over the matter and recalled it for later.
When the youth, of Stranraer, returned to the dock, he was sentenced to a 12- month community payback order, which involves a year of supervision, along with a restriction of liberty order, which prohibits the youth from leaving his home between 7pm and 7am for the next four months.
He has significantly reduced his consumption of alcohol