Man Jailed For Racially Aggravated Assault

18 June 2018, 11:32 | Updated: 18 June 2018, 11:37

Police

A man has been jailed for 26 weeks for a racially aggravated assault in Swindon.

The attack happened in May in Whitehead Street, when a Polish man in his 20s was racially abused.
 
Eugene Day, aged 46, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault and section 4 public order and was jailed. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £115 and £100 compensation.
 
PC Jonathan Kilburn said: ''Day was intoxicated on the afternoon of 26 May when he shouted racial abuse at a Polish man near to Swindon town centre before throwing a beer can at him. This was a completely unprovoked attack and Day's actions were completely unacceptable. Despite the victim's father defending his son and pushing Day away, he later returned to the scene with a cricket bat causing the victim and his friends and family to feel threatened and frightened. Day left the scene when police were called but we were able to locate him quickly and arrest him. He is now serving a prison sentence. I hope this sends a clear message that behaviour of this nature will not be tolerated, it can cause fear, upset and distress to people within our communities. We'd like to reassure the local community that we will take action following any reports of hate crimes, do not suffer in silence."
 
If you have been a victim of hate crime, call the police on 101 or you can report it via the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk. Call 999 if a crime is in progress.