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This 17-year-old boy is going to be in jail for six years for transphobic hate assault

This 17-year-old boy is going to be in jail for six years for transphobic hate assault

Owen Wise was sent to jail for six years

A 17-year-old British boy was jailed for six years for attacking and robbing a trans man.

Owen Wise and Michael Thorpe, the latter aged 21, were sentenced in Aylesbury County Court – a town 30 miles northwest of London.

Wise was sentenced to six years’ imprisonment and Thorpe received two years and three months’ imprisonment.

The victim, 40, was walking down a street on 25 July last year when he was approached by a group of males.

Wise verbally abused him using transphobic slurs, and stole his mobile phone and wallet.

The attacker then punched him in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. Thorpe stole the victim’s phone.The victim, treated at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, sustained a bleed to the brain, a broken nose, and a wound to his cheek.

Wise and Thorpe were both arrested on 28 July 2016 and were charged in connection with the offences on the following day.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Bruce Wilson, of Aylesbury Local CID, said: ‘This was an appalling unprovoked attack against a man due to his transgender status and was motivated by hate.

‘This incident had a significant and long lasting impact upon the victim – not just physically but emotionally.’

Senior Crown Prosecutor Kaviraj Choolun described Wise as clearly an ‘extremely violent and dangerous individual’.

‘We know that nothing can undo what happened to the victim, but we hope that the convictions and today’s sentences bring him at least a small sense that justice has been done.

‘We also hope that the victim, who has shown great courage throughout this process, continues with his recovery. Our thoughts are very much with him at this time.’