convicts Nicky Chequer, 19 for smashing a glass into the face
London, July 01, 2008
On April 07, 2008, NRI Sanjeev Subramanian, 40,
caterer, had a glass smashed in his face as a screaming mob yelled
racist abuse and told him to "go back to the bush".
Guildford Crown Court jury convicted Nicky Chequer, 19 guilty
of causing bodily harm with intent to Sanjeev Subramanian
According to Rebecca Camber of Ddailymail.co.uk:
A model's 18th birthday party erupted into a 'football riot' after
her millionaire father made racist comments, a court heard yesterday.
Police were called to the £1million home of businessman
Marc Chopping after a caterer was glassed in the face at the party
for his daughter, Cydney.
Violence flared after Mr Chopping greeted the 150 guests at the
champagne reception on his estate in Tadworth, Surrey, with the
remark: 'Come this way, it's £4 for the blacks and £2
for the whites.'
Enlarge Cleared of involvement: Cydney Chopping (centre) at a
different party with friends
The businessman, who has carpet showrooms in London, then continued
to make racist comments over the microphone, Guildford Crown Court
Moments later a mass brawl resembling a 'football riot' broke
out after guests confronted Mr Chopping on the dance floor.
As the fighting spilled out on to the drive, a mob of partygoers
attacked an Asian caterer.
Cydney Chopping and her father Mark are seen leaving court yesterday
Sanjeev Subramanian was confronted by an angry crowd yelling
'Go back to the bush' after he went to the aid of a badly beaten
In a drunken fury after downing large quantities of whisky, Nicky
Chequer, 19, smashed a glass into the face of the 40-year-old
caterer while another man held his arms.
Chequer then fled the scene leaving Mr Subramanian with severe
facial injuries which required more than 50 stitches.
The victim told the court: 'I knew it was serious. I was covered
in blood and I could just feel hot blood all over my neck, face
Yesterday Chequer, from Mitcham, Surrey, was warned he faced
jail after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm
During their investigation into the assault last April, police
arrested Cydney Chopping.
The Choppings' £1m home, where the birthday party was held
The model, who has a contract with Emporium Models agency, was
accused of attempting to pervert the course of justice after Chequer
allegedly asked her to cover up his crime.
But she was cleared of involvement after telling the court she
did not know the identity of Mr Subramanian's attacker.
Fighting back tears, the student who has two A-levels said she
blamed her father for causing the trouble with his racist jokes.
Miss Chopping said: 'I never had any intention of hiding anything
from the police.'
No charges have been brought against Mr Chopping in relation
to the assault.
Chequer was bailed until July 25 for sentencing.
However the investigation is now subject to a review by police
after it emerged that Surrey Police only investigated the assault
after Mr Subramanian's local MP Paul Burstow intervened on his
behalf a month later.
Mr Subramanian told the court: 'I had my face hanging off, you
could see my cheekbone and I was covered in blood and a policeman
came up to me and said if you want to leave it at that we will
leave it at that.
'I thought they would take it more seriously than that. Even
the paramedic looked shocked.'
Mr Burstow said yesterday: 'The injuries were horrific. I took
up his complaint with the police about the manner of the investigation.
'It lacked any real drive and determination to uncover who was
Nicky Chequer, 19, was found guilty of deliberately attacking
Asian caterer Sanjeev Subramanian at a posh 18th birthday bash