'Granite City' marred by racism
Two 19-year old Aberdeen men have been found guilty at Perth High Court of assaulting two Chinese men late one night in October 2003. Ex-Aberdeen player Calum McHattie and Alan Clark, both 19, assaulted Colin Fong and Terry Ho. McHattie, of Deansloch Terrace, Aberdeen, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Fong and Clark, of Willowpark Road in the city, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Ho. The incident was accompanied by racist insults and swear words hurled at the Chinese men.
Both victims were founds with pools of blood around their heads. Mr Ho remained in a coma for 11 days and is likely to suffer permanent mental impairment making it unlikely he will ever work again.
Despite my reservations about the ubiquity of closed circuit television cameras in our cities, I must record that the perpetrators were caught largely as a result of being identified from CCTV footage.
Sentencing will take place in May at the High Court in Edinburgh. I hope these two thugs are punished severely.