Brothers sentenced for “ferocious” attack on Asian male in Leominster
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Friday May 20 2016
The Hereford Times reports on the trial of two brothers charged with assault after a “ferocious” attack on an Asian man who had travelled from Berkshire to Leominster to visit his pregnant girlfriend.
Ryan Davies, 19 and his brother, Jake, 23, appeared at Worcester Crown Court charged with racially aggravated assault causing actual bodily harm. Ryan Davies faced a further charge of criminal damage and common assault. The brothers pleaded guilty to the charges.
The court heard that Ryan Davies had been drinking on 25 July 2015 when be bumped into Cameron Ali, 20, and his girlfriend.
Davies was with two other men when he recognised Ali’s girlfriend from school and struck up a conversation with her.
Davies went on to make a series of racist and homophobic remarks at Ali. Davies called him a “fat P***” and questioned Ali on whether he was “100 per cent British”.
The couple walked on and the two other men left when Davies was joined by his brother Jake. Ali asked the two brothers to leave him and his pregnant girlfriend alone but Jake responded with a threat saying, “let’s do him in”. Ryan Davies added: “I’m going to kill you and the P*** baby”.
The court heard Ryan Davies threw the can of lager he was holding at Mr Ali, who ducked, but Jake Davies punched him on the head and knocked him to the floor where both men punched and kicked him several times.
A passer-by who witnessed the incident called it a “ferocious and nasty” attack.
Mr Ali was left needing hospital treatment for his injuries including a fractured eye socket, a cut to his eye and a fractured ankle. His injuries forced him off work for five weeks. The court also heard that Mr Ali had been left too afraid to return to Leominster since the attack last summer.
Recorder Denis Desmond said Ryan Davies had “manufactured” a drunken argument with Mr Ali.
He sentenced Jake Davies to 22 months and Ryan Davies to 22 months in a young offenders’ institution.
Earlier this year, the Hereford Times noted a “worrying trend” in racist incidents in the region reporting on a number of cases of violent assault and verbal abuse that had come to light.