Pair jailed for racially motivated attack in Leeds

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TWO brothers have been jailed after they used weapons to carried out a racially motivated street attack on a vulnerable man.

A court heard the victim was struck in the face several times with a hammer and hit with a plank of wood by John and Daniel Cunningham during the incident in Harehills, Leeds.

Martin Sharpe, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court the attack happened on October 6 last year on a grassed area near to Edgware Grove and Edgware Close.

Mr Sharpe said the 20-year-old victim was described as vulnerable by police and has a mental age of a five-year-old. Earlier in the day the Cunninghams had been in a fight with a group the victim had been with.

The attack happened around 6pm when Daniel approached the victim and racially abused him before saying: “I’m going to bang you.”

Daniel, 35, struck the victim with the piece of wood and John used a hammer to strike him in the face.

Another man who was with the Cunninghams also joined in the attack. The court heard Daniel was also involved in a police chase through the Gipton area of the city three months earlier. Three children had to jump out of the path of his vehicle during the incident on June 9.

Both men, of Edgware Place, Harehills, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm and possession of an offensive weapon.

Daniel also pleaded guilty to drink driving, dangerous driving and having no insurance. Daniel was jailed for two-and-a-half years and John was given a sentence of two years, three months.

Judge Guy Kearl, QC, said: “(the victim) was not only selected for who he was - and he was vulnerable- but because of his colour. This was a gratuitous and sustained attack.

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