A 20-year-old rugby player is facing some legal problems following an altercation outside of a bar in London in which he left another man lying on the pavement with a broken face for calling him a “chink.”
Stephen Kent, the victim, said that he had been provoked into the racial slur after Sidney Chan, a student and rugby player at Imperial College, had mocked his mullet haircut.
“I never said anything about his hair. He called me a chink,” Chan said in his own defense.
For that, Chan pushed Kent to the ground. However, Kent got up mad and started trying to throw punches at Chan and his friends. Surveillance footage from the fight shows Chan’s friends attempting to hold him back, but soon he breaks free and goes after Kent, The Mirror reports.
“Why, given your account that you were frightened and thought that you were being assaulted, why did you seem so eager to get back into the fray and engage Mr Kent?” asked the prosecutor.
“Because he was persisting to get back up and continue the fight,” Chan answered.“I guess at that point I was pretty angry and I wanted to make sure that he stops fighting me.”
After that a parked car obscures the security footage, but prosecutors believe that it was at this point that Kent was knocked to the ground again, and Chan delivered two strong kicks to the face.
A passerby who arrived to check on Kent found that his face was “puffed up like a balloon.” Afterward, doctors found that he had a broken eye socket and a fractured nose.
“All I wanted him to do was leave us alone, stop following us, and stop fighting me, and stop harassing my friends,” Chan said.
The court has yet to render a verdict on the case.
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