Oxford Man Who Tore Sikh's Turban Off Convicted of Racially Motivated Assault

July 19, 2006

Source: Oxford Mail


On July 19, 2006 the Oxford Mail reported, "An alcoholic thug who tore off a Sikh man's turban in Oxford has been convicted of racially aggravated assault.

Kenneth Pollard, 56, of Speedwell Street, Oxford, denied the attack on Rattandeep Singh Ahluwalia, 26, from India, but was found guilty after a trial on Monday.

Tim Boswell, prosecuting at Oxford Magistrates Court, said: 'The turban was torn off with such force it pulled some hair out of Mr Ahluwalia's head. Mr Pollard threw the turban on the ground and left the scene.'

Mr Boswell said the incident, on May 28, was caught on CCTV and Pollard was arrested a few days later."