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Boy, 15, guilty of racial abuse

A 15-year-old boy who subjected a schoolgirl to racist abuse has been found guilty of racially aggravated harassment.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted at Lincoln Magistrates' Court. He will be sentenced next month.

The girl suffered months of racist abuse from the boy including being called racist names, the court heard.

The jury was told the victim had considered committing suicide.

Another 15-year-old accused of the same offence was found not guilty.

Jaswant Narwal, chief crown prosecutor for Lincolnshire, said: "This is a sad case where a young girl who was so distressed that she attempted to end her life as a result of racial bullying in school.

"We would like to thank the victim for her courage in coming forward and strongly encourage other young people in the same situation to report to the police when they have been targets of campaign of racial bullying."

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