Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Ali Haydor jailed for 'unprovoked' attack on Daniel Stringer. GMP and CPS say: Not Racist Incident
A takeaway worker who led a gang attack which left a teenager with a fractured eye socket has been jailed for two years.
Ali Haydor, 22, punched Daniel Stringer-Prince, 17, at least twice before a gang of youths continued the assault, repeatedly kicking and punching the victim in the head.
Student Daniel and a friend were attacked by a group of Asian youths who had been involved in a snowball fight with a group of white teenagers.
Detective Inspector Dave Moores said of the attack:‘What started off as quite a trivial matter of people throwing snowballs, was escalated much further by others including Haydor, who subjected one of the victims to a wholly undeserved and violent attack. ‘This man has now been left with lasting injuries, including damage to his sight in one eye, but the consequences of this assault could have been far worse.
The teenage victim believed the attack was racially motivated but following a police investigation Haydor was simply charged with assault, which he admitted.
Prosecutor Barry Darby did not suggest the case was racially motivated in his opening address to the court.
Detective Inspector Moores said: ‘Today, Haydor has been sentenced for his mindless and violent (but not racist) behaviour and I hope his victims can take some comfort in seeing him put behind bars for the suffering he has caused. Daily Mail
Police definition of racist incident: The police's definition of a hate crime is: 'Any incident, which constitutes a criminal offence, which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.' So in short, if you think it's racism, it is racism.
What a topsy turvy country we live in and what a curious case this is. The victim believed the attack was racially motivated, but against their own guidelines, the police and CPS said no it was not. Had a gang of White men attacked and brutally beaten two Asian teenagers and the Asian teenagers claimed the attack was racially motivated, do you think the police and CPS would have come to the same decision? Tameside Citizen.