Woman’s racist attack on boy, 15

RACIAL ASSAULT ... Toni Pandeles hurled racist abuse at a schoolboy before launching an attack on him.
RACIAL ASSAULT ... Toni Pandeles hurled racist abuse at a schoolboy before launching an attack on him.

A DRUNKEN woman who hurled racist abuse at a schoolboy before attacking him has been spared jail over her “catalogue of disgusting behaviour”.

Trouble flared after Toni Pandeles asked the 15-year-old for a light as he walked with friends in Fowler Street, South Shields.

When the boy – who is of Bangladeshi descent – said he didn’t smoke, she told him not to be cheeky and followed him into Prince Georg Square.

The 24-year-old alcoholic then shouted a racist remark at him and, when he told her not to be racist, she started to kick and punch him.

Although the teenager managed to block a lot of the punches, she connected with two kicks to his thigh.

Two off-duty police officers in the area spotted the assault – which happened at 3.45pm on October 10 – and called colleagues who turned up and arrested Pandeles after a struggle.

Pandeles pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and racially aggravated common assault at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last month.

The case was adjourned to see if she was suitable to be put on an alcohol treatment plan.

When she returned to court, magistrates gave her a 20-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

She was also ordered to undergo the alcohol treatment programme,

Stephen Bradley, chairman of the bench, said: “This is a catalogue of disgusting behaviour.

“An unprovoked attack on a schoolboy, in a public place, in broad daylight, using racist language and then resisting arrest.

“You have previous similar offences, but this shows an increase in your problem behaviour.

“However, if you went to prison you would come out with no home and very little chance of finding a job.

“This is a chance for you to turn your life around and live a normal life.”

John McGlone, prosecuting, said: “The victim is a 15-year-old Bangladeshi, British-Asian.

“After he told her there was no need to be racist, she swung a punch on him, which he blocked.

“She continued using racist language towards him and kept trying to punch him.

“He managed to block most of the blows, but she kicked him twice in the left thigh.”

Mr McGlone told the court that Pandeles was drunk during the attack.

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “She has shown remorse for her behaviour and can’t believe she used the racist language.

“She has an alcohol problem, which often puts her in a position of vulnerability.

“Here though, it is the other way round. She was so drunk, she had to be carried into the police station.

“She had to be taken to hospital because the officers were concerned about her.”

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