Attacker kicked teenager in head for calling him a gypsy

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A BOY was kicked in the head in a fight after it was claimed he called his attacker a “gypsy”.

The 16-year-old victim and James Collins were involved in a confrontation in Blackhall after 18-year-old Collins passed him in a van and pulled over.

Durham Crown Court was told the conversation began with Collins asking why he believed he was going to attack him, with the lad replying he had heard the rumour from a number of people.

The court was told there had been an assertion the victim had called Collins a “gypsy”, but Paul Lee, prosecuting, said the pre-sentence report completed with Collins made it clear it had been an unprovoked attack.

The assault, on October 6, involved the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, being pushed to the ground and kicked.

Collins, of Moore Terrace, Shotton Colliery, denied the allegation to police, but went on to plead guilty to causing actual bodily harm when he appeared before a court.

Ian Hudson, mitigating, said Collins had saved £500 in cash and was offering it as voluntary compensation, showing genuine remorse over the incident.

Recorder Eric Elliott sentenced Collins to nine months in a Young Offenders’ Institution, suspended for 12 months, ordered him to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and told him to hand over the compensation and agreed to a three-year restraining order.