Ayrshire Post

Thug attacks transgende­r

- PAUL BEHAN

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

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