22-year-old found guilty of assault
Published Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:24PM EDT
MONTREAL - A 22-year-old self-confessed racist skinhead was found guilty Tuesday of violently assaulting several people within just a few short minutes.
A second teen was found guilty of the same crimes in youth court.
The attacks happened in downtown Montreal in 2008.
The victims had one thing in common: they were non-whites.
Leclerc was part of a racist skinhead group of teens who randomly attacked several young men of Arab origin on Ste-Catherine Street.
One victim suffered deep knife wounds. Leclerc and his friends ran away. The three tried to escape by jumping into a taxi cab nearby on Jeanne-Mance.
The driver was black and they yelled racist insults, then violently punched him. Then they spotted a second cabbie who was Arab.
He was the next one to suffer from the young group's violent rage.
In court, Leclerc made no secret of his white supremacist ideology .
The Crown said there was not enough evidence to charge them under Canada's anti hate laws.
Leclerc has a tattoo on his arm which reads white power. The prosecutor said he plans to use the shocking circumstances of the attack to demand a lengthy jail sentence.