Caretaker spared jail after unprovoked race hate attack (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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Piotr Zakrewski, of The Drive, Walthamstow, was given a four month suspended sentence for punching and kicking a man lying on the pavement
A racist who savagely assaulted two strangers in an unprovoked racist attack was spared jail on Friday, despite the judge's acknowledgement that he had caused significant injury to a blameless victim.
Piotr Zakrewski, 32, of The Drive, Walthamstow, called Yonas Weldekidan a “black bitch” before punching and kicking him repeatedly in the face while he was lying on the pavement, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.
Polish-born Zakrewski, who had been drinking heavily, along with two other attackers who were never caught, then launched an assault on Mr Weldekidan’s friend, Jared Agbara, in The Drive on November 21 last year.
The court was told that Mr Weldekidan was left with such severe injuries to his throat that he was unable to tell police in hospital what had happened.
Zakrewski was only caught when Mr Weldekidan spotted him shopping two days later at the local supermarket.
He faced a lengthy prison sentence at Friday’s sentencing but was let off with a four month sentence suspended for 18 months.
The judge, Miss Recorded Deborah Champion said: “I understand that you show no remorse and you still deny that it was you despite quite clear evidence.
“The injury that you caused to the victim was not minor, in the sense that you punched him in the throat as well as in other places so that, for a while, he was unable to speak properly.
He has ongoing concerns about his own self-confidence as a result of what happened without any degree of blame on him.”
Zakrewski was also ordered to complete 150 hours of community service, pay costs of £480 and complete an 18-month supervision order.
An indefinite restraining order was also imposed, preventing him from contacting or attempting to contact Mr Weldekidan.
He had denied one count of racially aggravated common assault.
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