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Košice racist to stand trial

p>THE PROSECUTION has closed the investigation of a racially-motivated attack against Denise Wilson, an African-American basketball player from the United States. One of the attackers will stand trial; Wilson has made an out-of-court agreement on the guilt and punishment of a second assailant, the Sme daily wrote. That agreement still needs to be accepted by the court.

p>THE PROSECUTION has closed the investigation of a racially-motivated attack against Denise Wilson, an African-American basketball player from the United States. One of the attackers will stand trial; Wilson has made an out-of-court agreement on the guilt and punishment of a second assailant, the Sme daily wrote. That agreement still needs to be accepted by the court.

On April 6, two men with shaved heads and wearing camouflage-style clothes harassed the 25-year-old Wilson because of her dark complexion. The assailants yelled racial epithets at her and told her to go home then chased her through the city centre. Wilson took refuge in a restaurant where she picked up a chair to fend off her attackers. Eventually, the restaurant manager intervened. Wilson was not injured during the attack.

Both men are charged with making racially-motivated threats and with rowdy behaviour. Karol M. will face trial. The second attacker, Ivan S., has agreed to co-operate. He has been given a two-year suspended sentence with three years probation and has been banned from coming within five metres of the victim. He will also have to make an official apology, Milan Filičko, the spokesperson of the Regional Prosecution in Košice said.


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