A 30-year-old Sunderland man has been jailed for 22 months at Newcastle Crown Court for glassing a stranger in a racist act.
Stephen Marriner from Lakeside Village in the city carried out the deed when he was drunk because he didn’t like the colour of the victim’s skin.
Asian Standard has learned he launched into an ‘abhorrently racist’ rant to police after they arrested him for the act causing the student to receive hospital treatment. In fact, the victim required three stitches to a wound on his eyebrow and four stitches to a wound on his neck after what was described as a shocking and unprovoked attack.
The court heard how the attack took place in the early hours of September 23 last year with Marriner using a pint glass to strike the man. He later admitted unlawful wounding citing he was not a racist.
He also revealed he has friends and family of “mixed backgrounds” but the judge, John Gittens, told him: “You may well have, but when you have had too much to drink, the truth often comes out and it came out of your mouth that night and demonstrated precisely why you approached that young man and attacked him.
“It is clear from what you said to the police in your foul-mouthed rant following your arrest that a considerable part of the motive of your attack was the colour of that young man’s skin.
“I say that because your abuse was aimed at his nationality, which you got wholly wrong.”
Judge Gittins said the rest of Marriner’s “rant” was “disturbingly and abhorrently racist”.
“It was wholly unprovoked he was wholly innocent.
“Your racist views were wholly abhorrent and wrong.
He believed the attack would not have happened if Marriner had not had alcohol and told him to “stop drinking”.
The judge said the victim was hit in an “extremely vulnerable” part of his body, the face and neck and that Marriner as fortunate not to have killed him.
Lee Fish, defending Marriner, said: “There is no excuse for the defendant’s behaviour that night. His behaviour was almost certainly caused by the amount of alcohol he had consumed that day.”
Mr Fish said Marriner behaved “entirely out of character” and the words were said in the “heat of the moment”.
Newcastle Crown Court also heard the victim, and his family were “distraught” by what happened, and he remains apprehensive about being in public, having been “targeted because of his skin colour”.
It seems he has remained in the UK to complete his studies and has had counselling and therapy through his university.