Teenager jailed for racist attack on pensioner, 79, heading to pray at mosque
A 17-year-old has been jailed for a “cowardly” and “perverse” racist attack on a 79-year-old pensioner.
Jobless Fraser Giles was sentenced to eight years yesterday at Isleworth Crown Court for grievous bodily harm after the elderly man was kicked in the head in unprovoked violence.
The man, from Uxbridge, was on his way to prayer at a local mosque at 9pm on July 6.
As he walked alone, Giles, of Rufus Close, hurled racist abuse at him before punching him in the face.
The old man fell to the ground and Giles kicked him in the head, say police.
Giles was walking with his father Danny and a group of people at the time.
After the attack Giles’s father pulled his son away and the group fled.
The victim was treated at the scene for head injuries before being taken to hospital in serious condition.
Giles was charged with GBH with intent on July 9 and his father charged with assisting an offender.
His father, also unemployed, was sentenced to 10 months but was immediately released as he had been on remand since July.
Two others, Ben Howett, 20, a builder of Norwood Gardens, Hayes and his partner Jade Smith, 18 of Hercies Road, Uxbridge were charged with perverting the course of justice and were sentenced to eight months, suspended for 18 months.
Initially all four denied the charges but pleaded guilty at the first opportunity in November.
Detective Chief Inspector Richard Turner, of Hillingdon Police, said: “The victim is 79 years old and a well respected local man who was subjected to a cowardly and unprovoked attack while walking to his local mosque to worship. The perpetrator attacked him out of hatred and a perverse ideology that took no account of how vulnerable a target he was.”
“Those who assisted him after the attack share that culpability and the sentences reflect both the seriousness of the attack and the consequences of supporting the attacker in his attempts to evade prosecution.”