This Article is From Jun 10, 2009

Racial assaults on six Indians in Canada

Racial assaults on six Indians in Canada

Close on the heels of Indians being attacked in Australia, six members of the community were racially assaulted by a group of young Canadians while playing tennis on the outskirts of Vancouver.

Police have arrested four Canadians, including a woman, in connection with the assault for shouting racial slurs at and robbing a group of tennis players in Aldergrove on Friday last.

The four - all in their teens - have been charged with robbery, assault with a weapon and uttering threats.

The attack began when a group of four teenagers approached six players at the Jackman Park tennis courts.

The youths allegedly used a metal bar and boards ripped off a fence to menace the six victims, all the while shouting racial slurs, local media reported quoting police.

The players were herded into a corner of the court, and one was hit on the head by a thrown board. Their personal belongings were taken by the teenagers.

The B C Hate Crime Team is helping the Langley RCMP with the investigation, said RCMP Cpl Holly Marks.

Rodney Mercieca, a 19-year-old Surrey man, and Lesley Rothwell, an 18-year-old Langley woman, have both been charged with four counts of robbery, one count of uttering threats, six counts of assault with a weapon, and one count of assault causing bodily harm.

Mercieca has also been charged with breaching his probation.

He had been bound by a probation order on June 4, the day before the attack, said Marks.

Mercieca will now remain in custody until June 12 when he will be back before a Surrey Provincial Court judge for a bail hearing, while Rothwell has been released on several conditions, including no contact orders with the victims or her co-accused.

The other two accused are minors both Langley boys, aged 15 and 16.

The 15-year-old has been charged with two counts of robbery, breach of recognizance, uttering threats and assault with a weapon.

He will remain in custody to appear in Surrey Youth Court on June 17.

The 16-year-old is charged with two counts of robbery and one count of assault with a weapon.

He has been released to appear in court on June 17, and will be under a curfew and no-contact orders.