Demolition worker kicked and punched in Packmoor race attack
A GANG of white youths pelted three black workers with stones and bottles in a 'vile' racist attack.
Nathan Robinson, age 20, was the 'prime mover' in the attack on the men as they walked back from a pub.
The victims were targeted by Robinson's group of seven white youths, racially abused and then pelted with wood, stones and bottles in Turnhurst Road, Packmoor.
The three work colleagues tried to run back to the Westcliffe Hospital demolition site where they were working and staying.
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But one of them, 57-year-old Justin Ricketts, fell over and was punched and kicked by Robinson.
Now Robinson, of Galloway Road, Bentilee, has been sentenced to 12-months youth detention after admitting racially-aggravated fear or provocation of violence on August 25 last year.
David Bennett, prosecuting, told Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court: "Justin Ricketts and two men, who were all Afro Caribbean, went for a drink after work.
"They became aware of a group of seven white youths. The defendant was part of that group.
"They were shouting racist comments and threats of the worst kind towards the complainant's group. The defendant's group began throwing items, wood, stones and bottles. Wood struck Mr Ricketts on the knee, causing him great pain at the time.
"The complainant's group became increasingly concerned and began running towards the building site. Mr Ricketts was older than his two friends and dropped behind. He eventually stopped and fell to the floor.
"A male from the defendant's group punched him in the face while he was still on the floor."
The court heard Mr Ricketts was kicked to his head and body and a man in a white top kicked him in the face.
The victim's two friends returned and chased off the attackers and the police arrived while the defendant's group was still nearby. The victims identified Robinson as the ringleader.
Richard Oldroyd, mitigating, said Robinson accepted fighting.
"He used vile, racist comments and he accepts it was totally inappropriate," said Mr Oldroyd.
"There had been some banter between the two groups and it turned into something more serious.
"He had been drinking, he did use his fists. Words were used in the heat of the moment in a fight."
Sentencing Robinson, Judge Robert Trevor-Jones told him: "You have already acquired quite an unimpressive and violent record of offending.
"This is racially-aggravated disorder and is a very serious incident.
"This was a significant incident of public disorder."