Two men violently assaulted in Northampton by man who reacted angrily to being told “he looked Moldovan”

Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001
Northampton Magistrates Court NNL-150303-120601001

A Latvian man who lives in Northampton has admitted attacking two men in the town after one of them said “he looked Moldovan”.

Boriss Skopins, of Colwyn Road, off the Racecourse, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing actual bodily harm to one man and assaulting another in Kettering Road in the early hours of the morning on September 20 last year.

The court heard that the 30-year-old was with some friends when he met with the victims and that there had been a “good atmosphere” but that Skopins seemed “tense”.

Rachel Law, prosecuting, said: “He punched one of the men when he said he looked Moldovan. It left him unconscious, bleeding from the mouth and vomiting. As a result, the victim lost a tooth and suffered bruising, cuts and difficulty eating.

“The other victim said that Skopins hit him and left him with bruising.”

During a police interview, Skopins said that three people had been injured, but denied assaulting anyone.

Tony Davis, prosecuting, said Skopins felt “threatened” at the time of the assault and added: “He has difficulty perceiving personal relationships.”

Judge Rupert Mayo ordered Skopins to complete 80 hours of unpaid work, pay £500 to the victim of actual bodily harm and pay costs of £240 and a victim surcharge of £60.