'Let's sort this out' said chef, 18, before assault
A TEENAGER has been convicted of a racially aggravated assault.
Trainee chef William Georgeson-Cartwright was found guilty by magistrates despite denying calling Liam Pipe a racist name.
North Devon magistrates heard the incident happened at the Golden Coast Holiday Park in Woolacombe, where Mr Pipe worked.
The defendant, 18, of Larchwood, Victoria Street, Combe Martin, had gone there on his bike to buy lunch at a shop within the grounds.
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He saw Mr Pipe, who he had gone to school with, as he was leaving the park.
He told the court there was an unresolved issue between them, so he got off his bike, went up to him and said: "Let's sort this out."
He accepted he used an abusive term because he was wound up, but said he did not use a racist word.
Kyle Rondon-Leach, a supervisor at the holiday park, intervened as what he thought initially was a play fight, looked quite aggressive.
He said he could see Mr Pipe getting kicked and it looked as if he was trying to evade the attack.
Sue Roberts, for the prosecution, said there were inconsistencies in relation to what kicks and punches there were towards Mr Pike.
Three witnesses said the defendant was the aggressor.
Zara Svensson, for the defence, said her client was honest about using a rude word in addressing Mr Pipe, but said he did not use a racist word.
The defendant was found guilty of a racially aggravated assault. He was given a 28-day curfew with the exception of Thursdays when he went to college. He was ordered to pay £100 costs and £50 compensation.