Couple jailed for race attack on security man

Couple jailed for race attack on security man

A COUPLE have been jailed after launching a racist assault on a Muslim security guard in the car park of Tesco Express in Birstall. 

Jonathan Barrett, 32, and Laura Heywood, 25, were both sentenced at Leeds Crown Court after the man was punched, kicked and hit with a bottle. 

The incident happened at the store on Smithies Lane at around 7.15pm on June 30 last year. 

The victim had just returned to work after collecting a pizza when Barrett approached his car. 

After he got out of his vehicle, Heywood immediately launched an attack, kicking him and knocking the pizza box out of his hand. 

The couple called the victim a ‘P**i b*****d’ and a ‘Muslim b*****d’ during the assault, and Barrett also screamed that he hated Muslims. 

Another woman, 19-year-old Jackie Beddows, then joined in punching and kicking the man. 

Leeds Crown Court heard the man was hit by a glass bottle before dropping his phone while trying to call the police and being chased by Beddows. He suffered a large gash on his right upper arm and a broken finger. 

Barrett, of no fixed address, was also arrested in January of this year after being caught in possession of knives and a knuckleduster. 

He pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm and was convicted of two counts of possession of a bladed article and one count of possession of an offensive weapon. 

Heywood, also of no fixed abode, and Beddows, of Frank Peel Close in Heckmondwike, pleaded guilty to affray. 

Barrett was jailed for four-and-a-half years while Heywood was jailed for one year and nine months. Beddows, who has no previous convictions, was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months. She was also ordered to complete a 25-day rehabilitation activity requirement.

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