Two charged with Lagan racist assault

Two charged with Lagan racist assault

Two men have been charged with various offences following a racist attack on the Lagan towpath.

A 35-year-old man was targeted in the incident as he was walking along the path in Lisburn on Saturday.Three males were reported as shouting racist obscenities at the man before assaulting him.He was punched a number of times in the head before he escaped his attackers and sought refuge in a licensed premises in the Bridge Street area of the city.The man was then taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries that police described as not life-threatening.An 18-year-old and a 22 year-old have been charged with a number of offences including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, behaviour intending or likely to stir up hatred and threats to kill.The 22-year-old is due to appear at Lisburn Magistrates' Court on Monday, while the 18-year-old is due in court on Thursday, 19 June.As is normal procedure the charges will be reviewed by the Public Prosecution Service.Another male, aged 16, arrested in connection with the attack was released pending a report to the PPS.


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