Thug glassed doorman in shocking racist attack – but got some ‘summary justice’ in return
Philip Kenny told his victim to ‘go back to the jungle’ before he hit him in the face with a glass
A thug told a doorman to “go back to the jungle” in a torrent of racial abuse before he hit him in the face with a glass.
Philip Kenny was jailed for six years after he was convicted of racially aggravated wounding with intent following the incident at Fountains in Llandudno .
The 42-year-old, of Charlton Street, Llandudno, had denied the charge but was convicted by a jury at Mold Crown Court on Friday afternoon.
Judge Niclas Parry told him: “You are clearly a violent and aggressive man and a danger to the public, including males and females.”
The judge said Kenny had used “vile racial abuse” in the cowardly attack which could be seen “as clear as day” on CCTV footage.
But he said he took into account that the defendant himself suffered serious injuries “by way of summary justice” at the bar.
Judge Parry said the sentence would have been one of five years, but an additional 12 months had been imposed to reflect the racial element of the offence.
The court heard the defendant had a number of previous convictions for violence, including racially aggravated offences, and had been jailed for robbery in 2004.
In 2007, he had received an indeterminate sentence for GBH upon his then girlfriend, which meant that he was effectively “on life licence” and had been recalled.
Prosecuting barrister Elen Owen said the victim was Sarjo Manneh, a British citizen who was black African by descent and had worked as a licensed doorman for about 13 years.
On April 14, 2018, he was working at Fountains and the defendant was there with a friend of his and the friend’s wife, having been out drinking since mid-afternoon.
Mr Manneh became aware of an argument between the couple inside the pub, and then went outside to man the entrance door.
He saw the defendant’s friend come outside with what appeared to be his wife’s handbag, which he placed on a table.
The defendant came out and both men were drinking from glasses which they brought outside with them.
The woman then came out, picked up the bag and walked away, shouting and swearing at her husband.
The court heard this appeared to make her husband angry, and he appeared to want to follow her.
Mr Manneh told him he could not leave with the glass, but the man told him that he couldn’t tell him what to do and racially abused him.
Kenny then joined in, saying “f*** you”, and used the N-word.
He told Mr Manneh: “You can’t f***ing come to my country and tell us what to do. Go back to the jungle.”
The defendant said the doorman should Google his name and that he was from Manchester.
When Mr Manneh said he wasn’t interested, the defendant’s response was another torrent of racial abuse, including reference to him being a cannibal.
Mr Manneh was holding a hot drink which he decided at that point to put down.
As he had his face turned away from the defendant, he felt what he described as a spark on the left side of his face, causing his vision to go blurry.
The defendant had used his glass to hit Mr Manneh, and he was then restrained by another doorman, said Miss Owen.
Kenny himself was badly injured during what followed and later made a complaint that he had been unlawfully assaulted, which was investigated but no charges were brought.
Mr Manneh returned to the bar and saw that he had cuts to his left cheek and his left ear.
Police officers went to the scene after CCTV operators informed them of an ongoing disturbance outside the bar.
On arrival, they were told the two men had left and that Mr Manneh had gone after them in the direction of Wetherspoons.
The officers saw Mr Manneh outside the pub and noticed cuts to his cheek and ear.
Shortly afterwards, the defendant and his friend were seen walking further down Madoc Street.
Kenny was arrested and taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, where he was said to be extremely abusive to hospital staff and police.
He was described as “shaking with rage” and refused treatment, saying that he would spit in the face of anyone who tried to treat him.
During interview, he denied racially abusing Mr Manneh, and said he had thrown the contents of his glass at him but denied hitting him with the glass.
He said his recollection was affected by the head injury he sustained after the incident when he claimed he was assaulted by the complainant.
Defending barrister Martine Snowdon said that, following the conviction, Kenny had been recalled to prison because of the earlier indeterminate sentence and had served the equivalent of a 20-month sentence, which would not count against the sentence now to be imposed.