A SCHOOLBOY aged just 11 beat-up a Jewish man because of his religion.
The school-aged attacker launched himself at the victim – in his late 20s – landing a punch on him outside the synagogue, on Bewick Road, Gateshead.
After spearheading the onslaught, the 11-year-old stepped to the side as a gang of older attackers “piled-on” the isolated man, leaving him bloodied.
The child-attacker is now at the start of a four month supervision order made by magistrates at Blaydon youth court, after pleading guilty to racially-aggravated assault by beating at an earlier hearing.
His young age means he cannot be named.
The court heard that the youngster had been involved in drugs and alcohol.
After reading reports, chairman Doug Howell said: “It says here you haven’t used cannabis for a while.
“At your age, I can’t understand how you can get your hands on alcohol or drugs at all. Don’t do it.”
The court heard that the attacker, from the central area of Gateshead, was stood outside the Gateshead Hebrew Congregation, at the junction of Bewick Road and Rydal Street in Bensham, Gateshead, with a group of older males.
The youth squared up to a Jewish man after older lads urged him on in March this year.
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