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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Racially abused man attacked men in Cumbrian street

A Polish man living in Maryport kicked and punched two men in the street after they subjected him to racial abuse, a court heard.

Rafal Damian Szarlinski, 23, of Moorside Drive, admitted two counts of assault when he appeared at West Cumbria Magistrates’ Court last Friday.

The court heard that Szarlinski had approached the two men and a woman around 10pm on July 12.

Stuart Pattinson, prosecuting, told the court Szarlinski kicked the men in the head and face before making off.

One man suffered no visible injuries. The other had an injured nose, a bump to his head and a swollen eye but the injuries could not be seen the next morning, Mr Pattinson said.

Claire Kirkpatrick, defending, said Szarlinski and a friend were walking past the group when they started to be abusive about his nationality.

She said: “He accepts that the way he behaved was inappropriate and wrong. He feels very foolish and he’s sorry for what happened.”

Szarlinski was told to do 60 hours of unpaid work and was given a three-month curfew between 7pm and 6am.

He must pay £150 compensation, £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.

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