Wrexham man 'scarred for life' after suffering razor attack


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN from Wrexham needed 38 stitches and has been left scarred for life after he was the victim of an alleged racial attack.

Ramone Nelson, 23, was remanded to prison pending sentence for a joint affray with others when a young man was kicked and stamped on in Wrexham.

But a court was told yesterday that while in custody Nelson had been targeted by others because of the colour of his skin.

Stephen Edwards, defending, said he had been the victim of “a vicious and nasty attack” with a razor blade attached to a tooth brush.

“He has received a slash type injury from his ear to his mouth. He required urgent treatment at Fazakerley Hospital and 38 stitches were inserted in the wound,” Mr Edwards said.

“My client will be scarred for life. He has been told despite the possibility of plastic surgery it is likely to be permanent.”

Nelson, from Brymbo, but who was living with his mother in Mill Street, Liverpool, received 21 months imprisonment for affray.

Eighteen-year-old Breck Williams, of Montgomery Road, Wrexham, was sentenced to 18 months for the affray but a consecutive 28 months sentence for a burglary in Acrefair last November, which he admitted – making three years and 10 months in all.

A 17-year-old youth who has behavioural and other difficulties was placed on a two year community order with supervision. He was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and was tagged for three months.

All three had denied affray but had been convicted at an earlier hearing.

Judge Philip Hughes said the attack took place last August outside the Queensway Sports Centre, with two males involved in a fight. The victim’s father intervened but was assaulted by Breck Williams.

Williams took off his jacket and was spoiling for a fight, struck the father and struggled with him, with both ending up on the floor. All three defendants then attacked the young man. He was punched to the face and then repeatedly kicked and stamped on.

He believed he was kicked about 20 times and lost consciousness. He ended up with swelling and bruising to the face and head.

When he got to his feet all three started on him again, the judge said, adding it was a cowardly attack of three against one.

In the burglary, Williams broke into a house in Tower Hill, Acrefair, and took car keys, a wallet and jewellery. He took the family BMW which was driven off and damaged.

The judge said items of considerable sentimental value were  taken including the baby teeth of children of the family.

Williams, who admitted aggravated vehicle taking, was banned from driving for three years and must re-take his driving test.

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