Sunday, 31 March 2013
Hyde Race Attack Thug In Early Parole Bid
Daniel, who is studying baking at Tameside College, and a friend were set upon by a group of Asian youths in Hyde town centre in February last year. Surgeons had to rebuild his right cheek with a metal plate and he faced an anxious wait to discover if his eyesight would return. Two new eye sockets were constructed, but one is now sinking back into his skull and he could need further surgery. Read more here: Manchester Evening News
A more curious case than this you will struggle to find. The victim who was set upon by the Asian gang claimed the attack was racially motivated due to the words said before and during the attack. GMP did initially treat the incident as a racially motivated hate crime but despite protestations from the victim, they later declared the attack "mindless and violent behaviour" but without a racial motive.
The GMP definition of what constitutes a 'hate crime' where race is a key factor is “Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s race or perceived race” but it seems all is not equal in modern Britain and the colour of your skin has a big bearing on the way the authorities deal with crimes of this nature.
Ask yourself, if the roles were reversed and Mr Haydor was the victim of a gang attack perpetrated by a gang of White men and he claimed the attack had a racial element, would the authorities have dropped the racial aspect as they did in the case of Daniel Stringer? Tameside Citizen