The South Wales Evening Post reports on the sentencing of two brothers for their part in a gang which subjected an Asian family to racist abuse. The local paper reports that the British Bangladeshi family had moved to Pontarddulais from Birmingham but the family had experienced ongoing racist abuse from members of the local community. Swansea Crown Court heard that incidents of abuse experienced by the family included having a dead rat with a racist note attached put through their letter box. The family has since moved away from Pontarddulais.
On June 27, a group of young people in their teens and early twenties, and one individual in his 40s, gathered outside the family’s home shouting racist abuse and obscenities towards those inside, a father, mother and their three children including slurs such as “go home” and “go back to Saddam Hussein land.” The gang armed themselves with metal bars, a car exhaust and stones. When the sons in the family stepped outside to prevent the gang from entering their property, the gang “goaded” them and threatened to burn down their house.
Luke Harper, 22, and Jake Christopher, 18 had both previously pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence. Appearing before Swansea Crown Court for sentencing, Judge Paul Thomas QC told the two men their behaviour on the day was “utterly disgraceful”.
Judge Thomas said, “All right-thinking people will be shocked by what you got up to that day. It is, in short, a scene that brought shame on the community.”
The two brothers were sentenced to 30 weeks’ in jail.