22-year-old found guilty of assault

CTV, Canada/March 22, 2011

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.

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