A BOY struck a Portuguese man living in Wrexham over the head with a bottle and hurled racist insulting names at him.
Now the victim is looking to get away from Wrexham where some youths have been making his life hell.
The boy of 15, who cannot be named because of his age, admitted a racially aggravated assault and was placed on supervision for 20 months. He must also stay indoors at night between 8pm and 8am for three months.
John Haggarty, 19, of Gwenfro in Caia Park, Wrexham, admitted assaulting the man and was placed on supervision for 12 months. He was also ordered to follow an alcohol course and carry out 50 hours unpaid work.
At Mold Crown Court, the judge, Mr Recorder Lord Kingsland QC, told the boy that if he did not change he was on “a slippery slope”.
He had committed a very serious offence.
“Not only did you viciously hit someone over the head with a bottle but also the racist remarks that accompanied it,” he said.
The judge told Haggarty that while his offence was less serious, he was older and should have known better.
Andrew Clarke, prosecuting, said the incident happened in May when the victim was at home with two children and he heard the front door open.
He went to investigate and saw a figure leave the house.
The man went outside where there was a group of youths and the boy approached him hurling racist names at him.
When asked what his problem was, the boy went up to him and struck him with a bottle.
Haggarty punched him once to the face but there was no racist abuse from him.
In a victim impact statement, the man said that following the incident, and a number of others involving local youths, he and his family had moved into temporary accommodation.
Edward Moss, for the boy, said his client had made progress since moving in with new foster parents.
He had written a letter to the judge which showed his true feelings, he said.
Phillip Tully, for Haggarty, said it was not premeditated. He had acted when he saw his younger friend involved in a confrontation with the man.