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Derry tourist attack thug jailed

A 19-year-old man who subjected a Swedish tourist in Londonderry to what District Judge Barney McElholm described as an unforgivable and disgraceful assault, has been sentenced to eight months detention at the Young Offenders' Centre.

Sean Paul Lynn, from Crawford Square, admitted going to a flat at Grove Place on April 17, grabbing the Swedish man by his dreadlocks and dragging him down the stairs and along the street with such force that one of the victim's dreadlocks was pulled off his head.

Lynn also admitted stamping on the victim's head and chest up to 20 times as well as punching him over a dozen times on the face in the attack which was described by a prosecution solicitor as being a hate crime.

Lynn, who appeared before the local Magistrates Court with 24 previous convictions, told the police he was drunk and high on meth at the time.

Mr McElholm said given the number of times Lynn had stamped on his victim's head, he was fortunate not to be facing more serious charges.

Lynn also received a three-month concurrent sentence when he admitted confronting his mother and his stepfather as they were attempting to drive one of his siblings to hospital.

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