Schoolboy’s nose broken in Nelson race-hate attack

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A NELSON student who joined in a gang attack which left a schoolboy with a broken nose has walked free from court.

Burnley Youth Court heard how the 16-year-old was said to have raised an empty glass bottle as if he was going to smash it in the victim’s face. The victim stood up after the assault and asked his assailants why they had done it. He was told: “Because you’re white.” He was left shaken, upset and frightened.

The hearing was told as well as the broken nose - not blamed on the defendant - he was left with lumps to the back of his head and eye injuries.

The student, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted racially aggravated assault causing actual bodily harm. He was given a nine-month referral order and must pay £90 compensation. The youth who inflicted the broken nose had earlier been locked up.

Mrs Alex Mann (prosecuting) said the victim was walking home from school at 5 p.m. and went through Quarry Hill Nature Reserve, Nelson.

He was approached by a group, who asked him what school he attended, if he smoked weed and drank alcohol. The boy was nervous and was then set about.

The defendant, who is at college and hopes to become an electrician, was told by the Bench not to associate with the others involved again. The chairman added: “I don’t want to see you back here ever again.”