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Zimbabwean man attacked in Northern Ireland

by Mashudu Netsianda
14 Dec 2015 at 05:53hrs | Views
TWO Northern Ireland teenagers were captured on CCTV camera while brutally assaulting a Zimbabwean man before robbing him of a cellphone.

According to a local newspaper, The Journal, Aaron Eccles, 18, of Brookview Close and Niall Brooks, 18, of The Rise, Kiltipper Gate, Tallaght, punched the victim, Charles Goromonzi, 57, 18 times and kicked him 13 times before they slammed their knees three times into the side of his head.

They then stabbed him four times in the head before stamping on him several times as he lay helplessly on the ground. They robbed him of his cellphone, a Nokia Lumina 625. The two teenagers were captured on CCTV brutally beating the victim last year in July.

Judge Martin Nolan, who presided over the case, described as "depressing" the attack on Goromonzi during the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court.

Eccles and Brooks were convicted of charges of robbery and assault and sentenced to five-and-a-half years. Nolan suspended 18 months for Eccles and three years and nine months in the case of Brooks. The judge ordered 18 months post-release supervision by the Probation Service for both.

The CCTV footage of the robbery shown in court depicted Goromonzi walking alone shortly after 9.30PM before he was randomly set upon by Brooks, Eccles and a third unidentified man.

The court heard that Eccles and Brooks met Goromonzi at Sundale Heights, Tallaght on July 29, 2014, shortly after 9.30PM.

They confronted him before they started assaulting him all over his body mostly targeting his head. Goromonzi was also held to the ground by the pair with his arms outstretched and he suffered wounds to his head, wrists and knees.

Goromonzi described in his statement how, after coming to Ireland from Zimbabwe, he feared he would be killed that night by the teenage robbers in Tallaght.

Nolan said anyone who viewed the CCTV footage could not fail to be depressed at the sheer violence of the robbery which had been carried out for very small profit.

He said Goromonzi was lucky because he did not sustain serious injuries.

Nolan said the pair deserved some form of punishment but the overriding concern in sentencing young people was to try to reform them. The defence counsel for the two teenagers said they were both intoxicated by drugs or drink at the time of committing the crime.

Source - chronicle
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