A teenage gang’s race hate attack on a Bangladeshi national has been described by a judge as “downright thuggery” and compared to being “like terriers after a rat”.
A 16-year-old boy has been found guilty at the Children’s Court to assault causing harm to the man, at Ballymun Road, in Ballymun, Dublin, on November 2 last year.
After a hearing of the case on Thursday last he was remanded in custody St Patrick’s Institution until today.
Judge Patrick McMahon said the teen and his accomplices acted like “downright thugs” in the sustained attack. During the trial, the boy tried to convince the court that he had been trying to save the victim from the youths.
The teenage defendant, who refused to name the other assailants, told the court today that he did not enjoy custody. Judge McMahon warned him he would end up back there if he continued to commit crime.
He imposed a three-month sentence but suspended it on condition the teen did not re-offend within the next year.
The victim told the court he was at a bus stop when he was confronted by the gang of six youths including the defendant. One of them said: “You’re a f*****g Paki, what are you looking at?”
He was set on and beaten by the group. A beer can was also used as a weapon on the man who suffered severe cuts to his mouth and ears.
He described how he tried to flee but was chased by the gang. He got to his house where they followed him to his front door and continued to beat him.
In court he identified the teenager as one of the attackers.
A Garda public order unit arrived at the scene and witnessed the group of youths, including the defendant, around the man. They ran but the defendant was apprehended and identified at the scene by the blood stained victim.
The boy, who was accompanied to court by his mother, also refused to name other gang members involved in the beating.
Judge McMahon said the boy, who already has previous convictions, and the gang “put this man through a lot. A crowd of thugs that is all I can call them. I wonder whether it would it have been worse if the gardaí had not arrived”.
“They were like terriers after a rat there is no other way to describe it,” he added.
Defence solicitor Michelle Finan said the boy was aged 15 at the time of the attack. He suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He had quit school last year when “he went off the rails” as a result of alcohol abuse.
The teenager claimed he saw youths taunting the victim and told them to “leave him alone”.
He gave evidence that he had tried to intervene to “help” the victim.
However, the victim had given evidence that the teenager had not tried to assist but rather was one of the attackers it had been two girls who tried to stop the beating.