10 youngsters pounce on the victim before punching and kicking him 1st April, 2011: In a furious attack, a Pole was punched and kicked in the head and body by racist men outside his house near Cheviot Court, Rosehall.
At the time of the incident, “victim” Tomasz was taking his daughter Adriana’s friend to a bus stop. Approximately 10 youngsters aged between 16 and 20 pounced on him around 7.30pm before punching and kicking him about the head and body.
Tomasz’s wife Kasia and their children were a witness to the attack. They saw it from the living room window of their flat.
Scared stiff, Kasia ran to rescue of her husband. She too was orally abused by some of the youngsters.
Tomasz was taken to Monklands Hospital for treatment to his injuries, after an ambulance was called in.
Translating for her mother, Adriana (16) said it was very frightening. Her father was taking her friend to the bus stop, when they attacked him.
It was not the first time something like this happened. They had trouble earlier also and had their windows smashed, indicating they were being targeted.
Asked the reason, Adriana said it was racism. It was because they were Polish.
The family came to Scotland two years ago from the city of Gdansk.
Tomasz works as a builder, while Adriana, her brothers Adam (14) and Arek (9) attend local schools.
Racially motivated attacks in Airdrie and Coatbridge are unusual. The police has urged anyone with information to come forward and assist them in their investigation into the attack.