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    'Go Back to Your Country': Italian Man Mistaken for Muslim Attacked in London

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    The Italian barman was attacked in Surrey Quays last June, but sentencing only took place on Monday.

    Dario Antonioni, an Italian man in his twenties, was attacked by a group of three men last year near a London tube station.

    Inner London crown court heard that Mr. Antonioni was mistaken for a Muslim by the assailants, who shouted Islamophobic abuse while attacking him.

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    The attackers called him a “f***ing Muslim” and said “go back to your own country.”

    Two of the suspects, 23-year-old Butcher Joshua O’Leary and 19-year-old Alfred Young, were sentenced on Monday, but the judge opted not to hand them jail time.

    The third man – believed to be the ringer leader – has so far evaded arrest, though police are continuing to look for him.

    Judge Benedict Kelleher said he issued the reprieve so they have a “chance to show you can put this type of behaviour behind” them.

    “They were shouting at me for no reason, things like: ‘F***ing Muslim’. ‘Muslim go home’ — all three of them. A bottle was thrown at me and I started walking quickly and then started to run. I was frightened,” Mr. Antonioni told the court.

    The victim said he was speaking in Italian while they were attacking him, but, despite this, they didn’t let up.

    O’Leary was found guilty for religious aggravated assault and sentenced to a 12-month community order, and will be forced to serve almost 200 hours of community service. Young was also handed a 12-month community order.

    Twitterians have reacted to the sentencing, expressing their frustration at the pair avoiding jail time.

     

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