Nightclub attack branded racist

A FATHER screamed racist obscenities at an Asian man as he viciously beat him in the middle of a Weston nightclub. James Milligan told Imran Ali he was a 'Paki b******' as he repeatedly kicked him in the head when he was sprawled across the floor in the m

A FATHER screamed racist obscenities at an Asian man as he viciously beat him in the middle of a Weston nightclub.James Milligan told Imran Ali he was a 'Paki b******' as he repeatedly kicked him in the head when he was sprawled across the floor in the middle of Senoritas.Mr Ali was taken to hospital so the bloody cuts around his eyes, cheeks and back could be treated with stitches as Milligan was taken away from the Beach Road nightspot by police.The 21-year-old father-of-one admitted one charge of racially or religiously aggravated assault occasioning actual bodily harm at North Somerset Magistrates Court this week.Magistrates decided their maximum sentencing powers of six months behind bars would not do the case justice and sent it to Bristol Crown Court for hearing on October 31.Gareth Giddings, prosecuting, told how Milligan, who was on holiday from his Birmingham home, attacked Mr Ali, who lives in Weston, after he saw him arguing with a woman.Mr Giddings said: "The victim was with two friends in Senoritas when he had a disagreement with a female."She followed Mr Ali outside where there was a confrontation and his friends pulled him away."Milligan approached him in the club and punched him to the face. He fell to his knees and Milligan kicked him in the head before repeatedly kicking him, causing substantial damage."While he did this he shouted insults including 'Paki' and 'Paki b******"Ruth Tily, defending, said: "My client was in the club for the majority of the evening and on leaving he thought he saw a blonde haired woman being assaulted by the complainant."He said to Mr Ali: 'Why did you hit her?', and Mr Ali said there was no contact."He went to see if the woman was all right and she was crying. He saw the complainant fighting with three other men and joined in."He is very sorry for what he has done and has a short list of previous convictions."The incident was totally out of character. He is not a racist person and this was not racially motivated. He has had Asian employers before and they speak highly of him.


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