Racist thug jailed for Bristol attack

A racist bully has been jailed and a teenager given a community order for their part in an attack on Sri Lankan shop assistants in Bristol.

Stephen Monelle, aged 43, of Chelmsford Walk, St Anne’s, was locked up for two years at Bristol Crown Court yesterday, for racially aggravated assault, assault and violent disorder during the violence at Birchwood in St Anne’s in March.

James Morris, 18 – who was 17 at the time of the incident and had already spent almost six months remanded in custody before yesterday’s hearing – was sentenced to an 18-month supervision order and three-month curfew for affray, two counts of battery, violent disorder and damaging property.

The pair and Ashley Stockham, 18, caused havoc when they entered the shop, from which Monelle and Morris had already been banned after an assault on one of the shopkeepers last October.

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