Bangor men jailed for ‘vile, unprovoked’ racist attack on Kuwaiti student

Two men have been jailed for a racial attack on an asylum seeker in a Bangor street which left him with a broken nose.

Judge Niclas Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said that the aggravating features of “this disgraceful incident” were obvious.

“This was a vicious, unprovoked attack, late at night, in a heavily populated student area of Bangor where the potential for public disorder is obvious,” he said.

It was a group, alcohol-fulled attack and defendant Nathan Edward Riley had subjected the victim to “vile racist abuse”.

Prosecuting barrister Simon Rogers said that the incident happened on January 16 as the victim,  a 22-year-old Kuwaiti student was walking at night on Glanrafon Hill.

The two defendants were part of a drunken group. Riley engaged the victim in conversation and began to racially abuse him.

There was then an unprovoked attack by both defendants. Co-defendant Craig Lee Jones punched him in the face and Riley punched and kicked him to the upper body and face.

Police found the victim extremely upset and crying, he repeatedly said that he had not done anything wrong and could not understand why they had launched an unproved attack on him.

He required surgery at Ysbyty Gwynedd to fix the broken nose, it had affected his confidence and he was afraid of continuing to live in the Bangor area.

Brian Treadwell, for Riley, said that his client was embarrassed and apologetic for his shameful behaviour.

He accepted that it was entirely unprovoked and the complainant did not deserve to be treated that way. Riley knew that it had to be immediate custody.

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