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Teenager jailed over unprovoked racist attack in Brighton

|News, Hate crime

One teenager has been jailed and another has received a suspended prison sentence for an unprovoked racist attack on a Korean student in the street in Brighton, which left him with facial injuries.

The victim, who was walking home with a friend in October 2017, was attacked by Louis Barrett and Bradley Garett. Both pleaded guilty to the charges against them at hearings in August.

The sentencing hearing at Lewes Crown Court was told that a bottle was thrown at the victim, as he walked past a group of people. When the victim asked Barrett why he had thrown the bottle, he was told it was because he was Asian.

The victim and his friend tried to walk away, but the pair confronted them again, verbally abusing them and making racially abusive gestures, before the victim was hit in the face with a champagne bottle.

Gareth Morgan, from the CPS, said: “Despite the victim’s repeated attempts to walk away from the two defendants and not engage with them, they were set on a violent confrontation with him for no other reason than their racial prejudices.

“After the victim refused to respond to their taunts and their attempts to goad him into a fight, they resorted to violence, during which the victim was hit to the face with a champagne bottle.”

“Anyone who has seen the video recording of the incident cannot be anything other than disgusted with their behaviour.”

“Hate crimes have no place in our society and no-one should be subjected to a violent attack like this because of their race.”

Notes to editors

  • Louis Barrett (10/04/2000) pleaded guilty to one charge of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress and one charge of racially aggravated assault by beating
  • Barrett was jailed for nine months on each charge, to run concurrently. Because this was a hate crime, in which the defendant demonstrated hostility based upon race, the sentence was increased by six months. A reduction for his early guilty plea was imposed, giving a total sentence of 15 months. 
    In addition, on a separate charge of breaching a previous suspended sentence, he received a 12-month consecutive jail term, meaning in total Barrett was sentenced to 21 months in prison
    Bradley Garrett (19/10/2001), pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to cause GBH with intent
    He received a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years. He was also given a community order with a Rehabilitation Activity Requirement of 20 days
  • Gareth Morgan is the Area Hate Crime Coordinator for CPS South East.

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