London: A British court has rejected the bail plea of a teenaged girl charged with severely assaulting an elderly Sikh and remanded her to custody till Nov 25.
The Coventry Magistrates Court Monday ordered that Coral Millerchip, 19, be remanded to custody till Nov 25 when she will appear before the Coventry Crown Court, according to the Coventry Telegraph.
Closed circuit television (CCTV) footage showed the pony-tailed girl, accompanied by three young males, kicking and knocking down the 80-year-old Sikh on Trinity Street in Coventry city centre around 8.30 p.m. Aug 10.
The victim, who suffered a cut nose and swelling, hails from the Canley neighbourhood of the city.
Millerchip also spat on the victim and verbally abused him. Police in that British Midlands city arrested the girl Friday from another area in the city and produced her in court Monday. Defence lawyer Shane Hennigan’s plea that the accused be tried in the Coventry Magistrates Court was also turned down and it was ordered that she face the Coventry Crown Court. Meanwhile, there have been angry reactions to the incident in the social media. India’s Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said that the apparent racial attack on an elderly Sikh man in Britain was “intolerable” and the British government should ensure the strictest punishment to the guilty.
Teenage girl remanded in prison over attack on pensioner
The Girl who gave an 80 year old Sikh man a bloodied nose and black eye appeared in court and was charged with assault. Coral Millerchip was arrested from her home in Glocester this past friday. The Magistrate remanded her and will remain in prison until November 25, when she will appear in the court house of Conventry.
Source: West Midlands Police Department
Shocking video footage of a girl attacking an 80-year-old man and spitting in his face is being investigated by police.
The footage was captured in Coventry city centre and shows the girl kicking and punching the elderly Asian man from Canley before knocking him to the floor and hurling abuse at him.
The pensioner was taken to hospital with a cut nose and swollen eye socket.
Police have confirmed they are investigating the attack and are treating it as a malicious wounding – a serious offence with a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment.
The attack happened in broad daylight in Trinity Street on August 10 at 8.30pm.
In the video, the girl – who is accompanied by three male youths – launched the attack in full view of passers by.
The only person to help – a man who picked up the victim’s turban – stepped in once the attacker and her gang were walking away from the area.
Attack on pensioner
At the time of the attack the girl was dressed all in black with green Converse shoes.
Her hair was tied in a pony tail.
The video has prompted an angry response on Facebook and Twitter with many calling on the girl to hand herself in.
Ajay Singh wrote: “The Sikh turban is not just a piece of cloth, but a crown bestowed upon us by our great leader.
“It gives us distinction – so we stand out. It gives us a sense of responsibility – so we do not wander from the path of righteousness.
“Most of all, it gives us the values passed on to us by our holy book – and that includes standing up for the weak and vulnerable.
“I hope these cowards are caught and punished fairly.
Harmony Lully said: “I actually feel physically sick, wish I never watched this now. I can’t believe anyone would ever have the audacity to do such a horrible thing, especially in my own City! And shame on the people who stood and watched/filmed her and didn’t have the decency to stop her. I hope justice will be served.”
Amadine Ambrico wrote: “See this is what the world is coming too unbelievable.
“If that was my daughter I would drag her to the police station let her face up to this disgraceful act.
“Shame on you and shame on everyone else standing around watching it you all should feel such shame.”
A spokesman for West Midlands Police said the incident was being investigated but no arrests have been made so far.
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Article Originally Published By: Conventry Telegraph