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Trauma goes on for race attack victim

Jibi George's mother says the 18-year-old became aggressive and stopped going out after the attack
Jibi George's mother says the 18-year-old became aggressive and stopped going out after the attack

A RACE abuse victim who was attacked by two teenagers is said to have undergone a personality change since the incident and attempted suicide.

During the attack Jibi George, 18, lost consciousness and woke in the ambulance on his way to hospital. He had suffered facial injuries including black eyes and cuts to his eyebrow and ears.

His mother said he later became verbally and physically aggressive and stopped going out.

In a statement read at Canterbury Crown Court, she said: "A few weeks ago he took a number of different tablets in a suicide attempt and I had to call for an ambulance."

Three teenagers were arrested and went on trial for affray. Ashley Kilshaw, 17, of Discovery Walk, Canterbury, and Shane Dobson, 18, of Pearmain Walk, Canterbury, were both convicted and bailed for pre-sentence reports.

Toni Leeds, 18, of Laxton Way, Canterbury, was cleared of affray and discharged.

Mr George was subjected to racial abuse from a group of girls, one allegedly being Miss Leeds, as he rode home on his bike one night and he reported the incident to police.

The following night he was attacked, being punched and kicked, and said he was hit over the head with a crash helmet by Kilshaw although this was denied by Kilshaw.

He had been talking to Miss Leeds just prior to being assaulted and she told the jury she asked Mr George why he had reported her to the police for something she hadn’t done.

She said Mr George had punched her in the eye and she slapped him in the face in response and he’d grabbed her hair.

She denied giving him a karate chop to the back of the head or hitting him on the head with anything.

It was at this point Kilshaw got involved followed soon after by Dobson.

Kilshaw and Dobson will be sentenced in September. While on bail both are subject to a 9pm to 7am curfew.

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