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Attack girls sentenced

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-02-15



A 14-year-old girl who viciously attacked a Jewish teen on a bus in Mill Hill, north west London last August has been given a 10 month detention order for her crime.

Another 14-year-old girl who was also found guilty last month will not face detention but was given a 18-month supervision order.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was 12-years-old at the time of the brutal assault was travelling with a friend on a single decker 303 bus when a gang of girls got on the bus and asked if they were English or Jewish.

When the two girls tried to leave the bus, one of the gang stopped them and then had personal items including a bracelet stolen and the victim was hit around the face with a mobile phone as well as being slapped and kicked.

Despite the incident going on, other passengers at the front of the bus did not help.

"All I remember is her stamping on my face. Me and my friend were screaming. Then I blacked out. There were four people on the bus who didn't do anything," the girl said two weeks after the attack. "There were people there acting like nothing happened. I can't believe anyone could be like that."

The mother of the victim expressed his satisfaction that justice had been done even though Judge Ronald Moss said it is likely the attacker will only serve five months of her 10 month sentence.

“I am pleased but I would have been happier with two years so she would have at least served one," she said.

But despite the girl being Jewish and the attackers specifically asking about her origin, the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to proceed on the case as race hate.

Last month, the father had expressed concern that the racial issue was not raised as the CPS claimed it was "unable to find evidence for racially aggravated charges".

Since the attack, the girl has been unable to travel on buses and has also changed schools.