Home   Ashford   News   Article

Harley Mein from Ashford hurled racist abuse at security guards while boyfriend George Mitchell from Lydd attacked another one at Panorama flats


More news, no ads

LEARN MORE

A woman unleashed a tirade of racist abuse at security guards before her boyfriend repeatedly punched one unconscious.

Harley Mein, 25, told Birodh Maigar “go back to your own country” among other remarks while kicking out at him.

George Mitchell punched one security guard unconscious
George Mitchell punched one security guard unconscious

George Mitchell, 24, then knocked out Nur Gurung - who had rushed to his colleague’s aid - then repeatedly punched him in the face as he lay bleeding on the floor.

Mein, of Willesborough, Ashford, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault and Mitchell, of Lydd, was convicted of occasioning actual bodily harm after trial.

Meanwhile Mr Gurung’s mental health has seriously deteriorated and his family has “for some time wanted to leave the country” after the attacks in 2018.

Canterbury Crown Court heard Mein triggered a disturbance in the foyer of Ashford’s £14m Panorama flats, where the pair had lived.

Mr Maigar told jurors when he tried assisting Mein after a door malfunction she demanded he should pay her rent and turned violent.

Mein triggered a disturbance in the foyer of the The Panorama flats, where the pair lived. Picture: Andy Jones
Mein triggered a disturbance in the foyer of the The Panorama flats, where the pair lived. Picture: Andy Jones

“The lady came near me and kicked me and she tried to say ‘you touched me I can sue you,’” he explained from the stand.

A sound recording played in court captured the moment Mein subjected Mr Maigar to sustained and graphic racist abuse, adding: “I should knock you out and smash you in the face.”

Mitchell then punched Mr Gurung in the face, he collapsed on the floor, his attacker then rained down another four or five blows.

“Cowardly” Mitchell and Mein then fled the scene as Mr Gurung was rushed to Ashford’s William Harvey Hospital suffering a broken nose, repetitive speech and memory loss.

“Due to the cause of pain I woke up, I asked my wife ‘What happened? Everything is in pain',” he said.

Mein and Mitchell were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court. Stock picture
Mein and Mitchell were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court. Stock picture

Prosecutor Nick Jones described how Mr Gurung was off work with unpaid sick leave for two weeks, could not drive, felt anxious and was placed on antidepressants.

Mitchell would try convincing jurors the guards assaulted them, with Mr Gurung’s injuries caused accidentally as he defended himself.

But jurors took just one hour to convict Mitchell, who told the court he lost seven pet fish as a result of the aftermath.

Zander Goss, mitigating, said Mitchell suffered ADHD, asperger's syndrome, anxiety and panic attacks.

“He is no longer associated with Harley Mein, he is no longer living away from his family, and this is the single violent conviction he has on his record.

"I can be sure you punched Mr Gurung to the floor with a bleeding nose..."

“He has lost furniture, clothing, and seven pet fish, I’m told,” he said.

The judge, Recorder Allison Russell, labelled Mitchell’s actions a “vicious attack” and the pair "cowardly."

But she highlighted his was a “lesser role in instigation” and “used no racially offensive language, (it was) not racially motivated.

“The jury rejected your defence that you were acting in self defence, I can be sure you punched Mr Gurung to the floor with a bleeding nose.

“This was a vicious and unprovoked assault on a man who was doing a valuable security job,” she added.

Mitchell of Skinner Road, Lydd was handed 26 weeks custody suspended for two years and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation. Picture: Google Maps
Mitchell of Skinner Road, Lydd was handed 26 weeks custody suspended for two years and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation. Picture: Google Maps

Mitchell, of Skinner Road, Lydd, was handed 26 weeks custody suspended for two years and ordered to pay £1,000 compensation, with £100 a month coming from his Universal Credit allowance.

Mein, of Drummonds Road, Willseborough, Ashford, was last year handed a 12 month community order at the same court for her involvement in the ordeal.

To read more of our in depth coverage of all of the major trials coming out of crown and magistrates' courts across the county, click here.

For information on how we can report on court proceedings, click here.

Read more: All the latest news from Romney Marsh

Read more: All the latest news from Ashford

Close This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Learn More