A WREXHAM man has been jailed for a racially aggravated assault.
Niall Adam Rowley, 21, of Stockwell Grove, was handed a 36-week prison sentence for a the assault on Mathi Meyyeppan on Princess Street, Wrexham, on January 29.
On August 14, Rowley had pleaded not guilty to the two offences but changed his plea after taking advice from his solicitor Ian Barnes.
Justin Espie, prosecuting, told Wrexham Magistrates’ Court that Mr Meyyeppan, who owns the Victoria Wine Lodge store in Hightown, was alerted when the shop alarm sounded at 2.15am on January 29.
When Mr Meyyeppan arrived at the store, he was set upon by Rowley, who grabbed the victim’s mobile phone from his pocket, racially abused him and headbutted him before heading off in the direction of Princess Street.
Mr Meyyeppan then chased after Rowley, who turned around and punched him in the head twice before running away with the victim’s phone.
Mr Barnes, defending, said the injuries Mr Meyyeppan sustained were not serious and that Rowley ‘fully realised the seriousness of his position’.
He added that Rowley, who is unemployed, has previous convictions including serving a prison sentence for a robbery in 2012.
Rowley, who is a father-to-be from a previous relationship, had been on a six-month curfew for shoplifting since the beginning of 2013 but he did not break the conditions of the order.
He was sentenced to 20 weeks for the racially aggravated assault and a further 16 weeks for charge of theft, to be served consecutively.
District Judge Andrew Shaw said: “This incident was a late night unprovoked attack.
“During the course of the incident you racially abused the victim and stole his phone.
“You have many previous convictions and the robbery you committed in 2012 has particular relevance here.
“This was a sustained street assault and a spell in prison is the only option.”