Two teenagers sentenced for racist attack on Korean student

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Two teenagers have been sentenced over a violent attack on a Korean student “due to his ethnicity” in Brighton city centre.

Bricklayer Louis Barrett, 19, was jailed for 21 months after admitting a racially aggravated assault and using racially aggravated words intended to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Eighteen-year-old Bradley Garrett was handed a two-year suspended prison sentence for his role in the attack, having admitted grievous bodily harm with intent.

The victim was a 20-year-old South Korean man who was studying at the University of Sussex.

Louis Barrett, 19, was jailed for 21 months

Detective Inspector Simon Morgan of Sussex police said the force treated the incident as a hate crime because it “became clear that the victim was targeted due to his ethnicity”.

It happened at around 10:30pm on October 15 2017 – the student was walking along New Road when he was hit on the back of the neck with a bottle.

He turned to find Barrett swearing at him and as the group turned onto North Road, the defendant continued to be aggressive and tried to provoke a fight.

They were then joined by Garrett who swung a champagne bottle into the victim’s face – the bottle did not break but the victim staggered, felt his teeth shake and sustained facial bruising.

Bradely Garrett, 18, swung a champagne bottle into the victim's face

The victim was taken to hospital and the two offenders were arrested 16 days later.

DI Morgan added: “Brighton is a welcoming diverse city and we were appalled at the attack on this young man.

“Such incidents can cause significant distress to victims and local communities and this investigation shows that we take this type of crime extremely seriously and do all we can to seek justice for victims."

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