Man who abused and assaulted Asian women handed community sentence
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Friday April 15 2016
The Northampton News reports on the sentencing of a man who racially abused three women, assaulted two of them and damaged a mobile phone belonging to one of the victims.
Cyril Walton, aged 47, was accused of two counts of assault, a racially aggravated public order offence and criminal damage in relation to an incident on 17 October, 2015.
The paper reports that the three victims “had gone to visit a friend whose relative had died. After leaving the address, Walton confronted the women, hurling abuse at them. He assaulted two of the women and damaged one of their mobile phones.”
Walton had denied the charges. On 10 March, Walton was found guilty of two counts of assault, a racially aggravated public order offence and criminal damage at Corby Magistrates Court.
On Friday, 1 April, Walton was sentenced to a 12-month community order and must carry out 150 hours of unpaid community work. He was ordered to complete a 20-day rehabilitation programme.
He was also ordered to pay £200 compensation for the aggravated assault, £100 for the common assault and £100 for the criminal damage and a further £400 in costs.
Zahira Case from the Northampton based Muslim community organisation, Pearls of Peace, which provided support to the victims, told the local paper: “Working in the community, especially with women who do not speak English as a first language, I often come across cases where they have been racially abused, but are too vulnerable to report it.
“The fact that this man has been convicted is a big achievement for all concerned and I would personally like to say well done to the women who were courageous enough to give evidence in court. This will hopefully encourage other people to report incidents of hate crime to the police.”