Nightspot brawlers escape jail
TWO Kosovan cousins have escaped jail despite being found guilty of a racist attack outside an Ipswich nightspot.Lulzim Deda, 28, and Bujar Gashi, 22, were found guilty of subjecting 38-year-old Kevin Morrison to a deluge of racial abuse before attacking him.
TWO Kosovan cousins have escaped jail despite being found guilty of a racist attack outside an Ipswich nightspot.
Lulzim Deda, 28, and Bujar Gashi, 22, were found guilty of subjecting 38-year-old Kevin Morrison to a deluge of racial abuse before attacking him.
Deda and Gashi were sentenced by magistrates at South East Suffolk to serve 220 hours community punishment order, pay £125 compensation to the victim and pay costs of £225.
Both men had denied assault causing actual bodily harm.
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The court heard how the cousins were part of a group celebrating Gashi's first wedding anniversary – but the festivities turned to violence as they left Chicago Rock Café in Northgate Street on the evening of November 2.
Mr Morrison told how he had been subjected to a torrent of racial abuse before being kicked to the ground.
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He told the court he was walking down Northgate Street when Gashi, of London Road South, Lowestoft, started shouting abuse and then crossed the road to confront him.
Deda, of St Francis's Tower, Ipswich, then ran across the street, aiming a karate-style kick at Mr Morrison. The pair then rained blows on the victim, kicking and punching him to the ground in what the victim described as an unprovoked attack.
The cousins claimed that Mr Morrison had started the brawl by punching Gashi in the mouth during an argument outside the club.
He said that his wife had complained about being "touched up" by Mr Morrison and he had gone outside to confront him.
Deda claimed he left the club intending to help his cousin but failed to find him in the crowd.
During the punch-up Gashi admitted trying to punch and kick Mr Morrison but denied attacking him while he lay on the ground.