UK: Zimbabwean born pensioner attacked by British racists

SCOTLAND: Tworacist thugs have admitted throwing bricks and lit fireworks at a disabled pensioner.

Jack Gemmell, 18, and a 17-year-old male who cannot be identified, launched the vicious assault on refugee Able Miller at his Springburn home.

The pair were part of a group who yelled “You are the black b***** bus driver”.

Gemmell and his pal, along with others, took turns lighting fireworks from a box and throwing them in 62-year-old’s direction.

Today at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Gemmell, from Springburn, Glasgow and the other teenager pled guilty to racially assaulting Miller on November 6 at Berryburn Place to his injury.

Speaking at the time, Miller told how he arrived in Scotland in 2002 from Zimbabwe where he was a wealthy engineer and stood for election to his country’s parliament in 2000.

He said: “When I saw the flash of the first firework, I thought they were going to burn us out.

“I wasn’t going to let that happen. I went out to try and stop them.

“My daughter has Down’s Syndrome and she ran frightened to hide under the bed.

“I’d do anything to protect my children.”

The court heard Miller’s wife and two daughters were in the house around 12.30am when there was a “loud explosion type noise” from his front garden.

He was “fearful that may be damage to his home” and checked CCTV he has of his driveway and saw Gemmell, the other teenager and three others including a female.

He saw one of the group holding a box of fireworks and went outside to check what was happening.

Procurator fiscal depute Lindsay Madden said: “On walking on the path towards both accused standing within the group of persons, Miller heard the comment ‘you black b******’, however could not tell who had made it.

“The female was in possession of the box of fireworks and both accused along with others in the group, took turns to light and throw them in the direction of Miller.

“Several of the lit fireworks struck Miller to the body.”

As he tried to make his way back into his house, Gemmell and the rest of the group threw bricks towards him, hitting him on the body and left knee.

Prosecutor Madden added: “Miller uses a walking stick to assist his mobility.

“Throughout the incident, Miller heard comments such as ‘We know you, you are the black b***** bus driver’ and ‘black b******’ being made.

“He was left with pain to his side and knee and suffered a cut to the top of his foot.”

Miller contacted the police who viewed CCTV and took details of the terrifying incident. The accused were identified from the footage.

Politician and engineer, he fled Zimbabwe with his wife and two older daughters after he came under attack for his political views in 2002.

But growing resentment against immigrants has seen him come under attack 17 times in recent years.

He claims that group of men launched the worst attack he has endured so far during Guy Fawkes celebrations.

He was originally housed in the Red Road flats and was moved to his current home in 2008.

Unable to get work as an engineer in Scotland, he tried several other jobs including driving a bus.

At the time Miller said: He added: “I have worked and my wife works.

“I am not on benefits. I pay rent, I pay council tax. I bought my own cars.”

Sheriff Daniel Scullion deferred sentence until next month.

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