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Soldier jailed for racist attack that brain-damaged teenager

Soldier jailed for racist attack that brain-damaged teenager

Justin Burns

Soldier jailed for racist attack that brain-damaged teenager
Ashley Dacosta (left) and Jack Carrick

A soldier from Victoria Barracks who caused a teenage boy severe brain damage in a racist attack has been jailed for six years.

Windsor guardsman Ashley Dacosta was sentenced at Hove Crown Court yesterday for racially motivated GBH and for perverting the course of justice.

The 20-year-old attacked 15-year-old Mo Bourner, now 16, when he punched him as he was on his way home from a beach party in De La Warr Parade, Bexhill, Sussex, on October 29.

He admitted nearly killing the schoolboy, who sustained 90 per cent damage to his brain after hitting his head on a parked car and on a pavement.

Dacosta, of Silvester Road, Bexhill, pleaded guilty to the GBH attacks on June 29 and was found guilty by a jury on Thursday for the other charge.

He was put behind bars for four-and-a-half years for racially motivated GBH and 18 months for perverting the course of justice.

Both sentences are to run consecutively, a total of six years in jail.

Mo Bourner

In sentencing, Judge Charles Kemp said: "Nothing I do today will be a comfort to Mo and his family as Mo will never again lead an independent life.

"On the night of the beach party, before you delivered the punch that left Mo with catastrophic brain injuries you were seen to be drunk, aggressive and abusive towards other young teenagers.

"Then recordings in your barracks revealed racist and repugnant comments proved your attack on Mo was racially motivated."

Dacosta's friend Jack Carrick, 25, of Bexhill, Sussex, was jailed for two years at the same sentencing for two counts of perverting the course of justice.

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