A man who went on a rampage racially threatening and assaulting almost a dozen young people in Margate has been jailed for two years.
Kevin Friend, 30, previously of Ingoldsby Road in Folkestone, racially abused a security guard at a shop in Margate High Street on Tuesday 20 June. The court heard how he then went on a rampage shouting racial abuse at a number of people, including pupils from Hartsdown Academy, and physically assaulting some of them in All Saints Avenue that same day. He is reported to have slapped a 12-year-old boy with autism and pushed a 15-year-old into a bush.
He then visited the address of a previous partner and assaulted her along with a neighbour before being arrested by Kent Police officers. Once in custody Friend also assaulted a male police officer.
He pleaded guilty to affray, two counts of common assault, racially aggravated public order and assault on an officer and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 27 September.
One of his victims was 14-year-old Amira Newton. The teenager filmed Friend for police to use as evidence, having been advised to do so by officers after a previous racial abuse incident.
Her shocked mum Ayaan Bulale took the video straight to police.
Following the verdict Ayaan said: “We are happy with the outcome of the court case and the diligent work by Margate police. I encouraged my daughter to attend court so she could witness how the law deals with racist bullies who show blatant disregard for others especially the most vulnerable – our children.”
Friends’ sentence consisted of 22 months for affray and two months for breach of a suspended sentence.
There were concurrent sentences for three assault charges. No extra penalty was given for the racially aggravated public order charge.
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