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Teenager who abused Wright racially, avoids conviction

Wed 03 February 2021 | 18:26

Ian Wright declared that he is disappointed by the decision of the judge but accepts the apology.

 

 

 

Patrick O’Brien

abused

Ian Wright

racially by a text message on Instagram and he was brought to court. The 18-year-old Irish boy did not face any harsh punishment for his actions and the football legend is angry with the decision. The young boy apparently abused Wright racially after he lost a FIFA game on PlayStation.

The teenager pleaded guilty to harassing Wright, contrary to the Non-Fatal Offences against The Person Act 1997. The judge however, says that he didn't see anything to be gained by imposing a criminal conviction as he believes the boy is already ashamed of his action and donated money to some organizations.

Wright said:

"I've seen today's judgement and I'm disappointed.

"This case was never about revenge, it was always about consequences for acts

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of racism. My forgiveness of this young man was for my own deeply personal need and desire to move forward without further anguish. I am a 57-year-old man that has experienced racism throughout my life. I wasn't expecting my forgiveness to be an invitation to lighten a sentence.

"Seeing this judgement, I can only wonder what deterrent there is for anyone who spouts this kind of vile racist abuse.

"An individual wished death upon me because of my skin colour. No judge's claims of "naivety" or "immaturity" will ever be acceptable to us. The supposed immaturity and naivety of our attackers is never any comfort.

"So yeah I am disappointed. I'm tired. We are all tired."

 

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