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Racist Attacks On Asian Shopkeepers In Bristol

The Sun, London has posted a sickening video of three British teenagers assaulting Asian shopkeepers inside their shops in Bristol, after they refused to give them cigarettes and vodka for free. The three will be

PTI [ Updated: October 26, 2009 13:46 IST ]
racist attacks on asian shopkeepers in bristol
racist attacks on asian shopkeepers in bristol

The Sun, London has posted a sickening video of three British teenagers assaulting Asian shopkeepers inside their shops in Bristol, after they refused to give them cigarettes and vodka for free.

The three will be sentenced on November 11. Of them, one has been remanded to custody while the Lovedale twins have been released on bail with a night curfew imposed on them at home.

Twins Luke and Justin Lovedale and their friend Nicholas Gardener chtted and smiled, and yawned and sighed as the court proceedings went on, the Sun report said.

The trio sneered and laughed as CCTV footage of one of the sickening assaults was shown to a court.

It showed them wrestling one shopkeeper to the floor before stamping on him as they shouted 'F***ing P***' while a terrified female shopkeeper desperately tried to fend them off.
Another clip showed them battering two shopkeepers to the ground before repeatedly stamping on them.

They admitted the attacks in Bristol this year but denied they were racially motivated — despite Luke Lovedale telling police after his arrest: "I aint beaten up no P***. F***ing **** needs to go back home."
 
Hate crimes ... teen brute Justin Lovedale and his twin Luke, right

District Judge David Parsons found all three defendants guilty of racially aggravated common assault — and lifted an order banning their identification.

He warned them all to expect jail and told Bristol Magistrates' Court: "The protection of the community outweighed the teenagers' interests.

"Race hatred should be dealt with seriously by the court, and your victims deserve the protection of the court."

The convictions come days after a BBC Panorama programme showed an undercover reporter being subjected to race hate on Bristol's Southmead estate.

Gardener, who has 19 previous convictions, stormed in to Costcutter in Bedminster, Bristol, with an unidentified pal on April 5 and attacked shopkeeper Hardik Patel.

He punched him to the ground before hitting him twice more and shouted "You f****** P***".

The other youth then kicked him three times in the stomach and as they ran away Gardener shouted: "I will kill you, you f****** P***."

Two months later the Lovedale twins and Gardener — boyfriend of the brothers' sister — went to a Bargain Booze at 10.30pm to buy cigarettes and vodka. When staff refused to serve them they launched a sickening assault on shopkeeper Ashok Selvam as a female member of staff frantically tried to beat them off with a broom handle.

They pulled his T-shirt over his head and, as one brother held him in a headlock, the other repeatedly punched him in the face.  Selvam told the court that as they assaulted him they shouted "F****** Asian, f****** P***."

Less than an hour later, the three teenagers went to a nearby Costcutter and snatched a bottle of wine. As shopkeeper Parakram Zala tried to call cops Gardener punched him in the face, shouting "We will kill you, f****** P***."


Colleague Girish Patel tried to fend of the youths, before all three began hitting him. CCTV footage shows them continuing to punch and kick the two shopkeepers as they lay on the floor.

 Patel was left with such serious injuries he feared he may lose the sight in his left eye.

The three thugs showed no remorse throughout the three-day trial.

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