Frenchman injured after ‘racist’ attack in Bournemouth

Abdaraman Wone showing injuries sustained in an attack in Bournemouth

Abdaraman Wone showing injuries sustained in an attack in Bournemouth

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

A FRENCHMAN living in Bournemouth has spoken out after being left with a string of injuries in an attack that he believes was racially-motivated.

Abdaraman Wone, 23, who has lived in Bournemouth for two-and-a-half years, said he had been on a night out with friends when troubled flared near a bus stop in Holdenhurst Road.

“There were three guys behind me near the bus stop and they were using a racist word. I said ‘why did you say that?’ I asked him why he was saying such things and he punched me.

“It spread into the road and more people came, maybe seven, and they were hitting me,” said Abda, who first came to Bournemouth from Normandy as an assistant French teacher and now works for an IT firm.

He was left with injuries to his eye, lips, elbow and leg and needed hospital treatment.

Abda said he wanted to speak out about what happened to him to urge others to be careful.

“I was surprised because I have been here for two-and-a-half years and this is the first time I’ve had an argument with anyone. I don’t hear much racism and I’ve not heard of this kind of problem in this town,” he said.

Abda, who lives with a host family in Littledown, added: “When I was telling the situation to a friend he said it could happen to anyone.

“The people who did this to me were adults, they weren’t teenagers. I can’t understand it. I was just out enjoying the weekend with friends and was attacked.

“The next weekend I had to do some shopping in town and I went past where it happened. I was almost shaking.

“If it happened to me it could happen to anybody. The police were very supportive. They made me feel better because I knew people were thinking about me.

“I want people to be aware and careful.”

n Dorset Police confirmed that there was a report of an incident outside Subway in Holdenhurst Road on December 15 at 4.30am.

A 28-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and has been released on police bail until the end of February while enquiries continue.

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1:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

H2o-hara says...

Well done for speaking out Abda ! This sounds like my experience once in Germany 1980 , three years after I 'd been a regular in a certain pub . It's always the minority that spoil it for the majority.
Well done for speaking out Abda ! This sounds like my experience once in Germany 1980 , three years after I 'd been a regular in a certain pub . It's always the minority that spoil it for the majority. H2o-hara
  • Score: 13

1:16pm Fri 7 Feb 14

hooplaa says...

Idiots!
Idiots! hooplaa
  • Score: 10

5:34pm Fri 7 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Sounds like he started it?
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If you don't like someone else's conversation at a bus stop a night walk away.
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What did he think would happen? Sounds like he's from Moon not France.
Sounds like he started it? . If you don't like someone else's conversation at a bus stop a night walk away. . What did he think would happen? Sounds like he's from Moon not France. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: -9

6:38pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Jon H says...

So feel free to comment on this victim but not the poor lady who was attacked and is (currently) top story? Seems......
So feel free to comment on this victim but not the poor lady who was attacked and is (currently) top story? Seems...... Jon H
  • Score: -3

6:39pm Fri 7 Feb 14

simcal says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Sounds like he started it? . If you don't like someone else's conversation at a bus stop a night walk away. . What did he think would happen? Sounds like he's from Moon not France.
Don't interfere with other people at 5.30am. They have probably been drinking and in a group they egg each other on. This guy is either very brave or very stupid. Does not matter, it's obvious what the end result will be which is why were reading it here.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Sounds like he started it? . If you don't like someone else's conversation at a bus stop a night walk away. . What did he think would happen? Sounds like he's from Moon not France.[/p][/quote]Don't interfere with other people at 5.30am. They have probably been drinking and in a group they egg each other on. This guy is either very brave or very stupid. Does not matter, it's obvious what the end result will be which is why were reading it here. simcal
  • Score: 5

7:56pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Hobad1 says...

Bournemouth is such a great place for our friends from abroad. Well done those that did this....you have certainly put us on the map, for all the wrong reasons. Imbeciles.
Bournemouth is such a great place for our friends from abroad. Well done those that did this....you have certainly put us on the map, for all the wrong reasons. Imbeciles. Hobad1
  • Score: 4

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