Shopkeeper kicked in the face by racist teens and told to “stay down you dirty p*ki”

The teenagers were caught on CCTV (Image: Liverpool Echo)

A Sri Lankan shopkeeper was repeatedly kicked in the face by three teenagers while they shouted “stay down you dirty p*ki”, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, filmed themselves brutally beating up 38-year-old Thirkkumaran Siththampalam.

As the victim tried to open his shop at around 8am on Wednesday 28 December 2016, the teenagers confronted him with a knife.

Holding the knife to his face, they called him a “f*cking p*ki” before screaming at him to “go home, this is my country”.

Mr Siththampalam suffered a broken jaw and fractured eye sockets after the vicious attack in Norris Green, Liverpool, and had to undergo surgery for multiple fractures and have metal plates put in his face

CCTV footage shown to Liverpool Crown Court showed Mr Sithrampalam trying to knock the knife away.

Judge Elizabeth Nicholls said: “In an endeavour to show he was not cowed or intimidated by your conduct, he just continued with his work of opening the shop.

“As he bent down to unlock the padlock – so when he was completely vulnerable and no threat to any of you – one of you kicked him full in the face.

“You can see the force of that kick as he fell backwards. The other two of you quickly followed up by kicking him in the head area.

“All the while, as if this was some form of entertainment to share, with your phone one of you filmed the incident, which is disgraceful and almost the most chilling aspect of this case.”

Nicholas Walker, prosecuting, said the victim tried telling them he was not Pakistani, but that was “lost on the males, who continued with their racist abuse”.

He said: “[Siththampalam] described himself as a man who always supported himself and his family, but the attack made him feel like committing suicide.”

Police didn’t actually find the teenager’s video footage, but they did recover Snapchat conversations in where the gang planned the attack.

The three teenagers admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

One of the 16-year-olds and the 15-year-old were given 18-month sentences, and the second 16-year-old was sentenced to two years in a young offenders institution.

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