A trio of drunken racists attacked an Italian barman and advised him to “return to your individual nation” as a result of they incorrectly assumed he was Muslim, a court docket has heard.

Shouting “f***ing Muslim” and “Muslim go dwelling” Joshua O’Leary, 23, and Alfred Younger, 19, set upon Dario Antonioni within the in Surrey Quays space of east London on 10 June.  

He advised Interior London crown court docket that he that he had a beard on the time.  

“As a result of your prejudice and ignorance and since he had a small beard you all thought he was a Muslim and shouted abuse at him,” Choose Benedict Kelleher mentioned as he sentenced the pair to group service and curfew as an alternative of jail, the Night Customary reported. “He put up a spirited defence to your utterly unjustified assault late at night time whereas inebriated.”

He added that a third man, who was not caught, seemed to be the chief within the assault.

Mr Antonioni mentioned he began strolling rapidly to get away and commenced to run when a bottle was thrown at him after he exited the Canada Water tube station. 

He mentioned: “The three of them surrounded me. I fell to the bottom and I used to be struck in every single place by all three of them. I mentioned: ‘What are you doing? Why are you doing this?’ and I used to be talking to them in Italian, however they elevated the shouting. They needed to beat me up … All three of them hit me, kicks and punches, and once I was on the ground there have been extra kicks and punches.”

He escaped with bruises on his elbows and knees and grazes on his face.

O’Leary denied collaborating within the assault however was discovered responsible by a jury of religiously aggravated assault. He was sentenced to a 12-month group order, 180 hours of group companies, 20 days rehabilitation and a night-time curfew for 12 weeks.

Younger admitted to the identical cost and was handed a 12-month group order with 80 hours group service and a six-week night-time curfew.

They had been each ordered to pay compensation to the sufferer.

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