Share this article on your social media

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Hate crime victim wins civil lawsuit

Hate crime victim Ronn Mattai has won a civil lawsuit against his attacker, Michael Cordeiro. An Ontario Superior Court Justice has ruled that Cordeiro must pay Mattai $73,000 in damages and legal costs.

"A Hamilton businessman who was severely injured in what police described as a hate crime has won a civil lawsuit against his attacker. Ronn Mattai [pictured] was slashed numerous times in the face with a broken bottle by 19-year-old Michael Cordeiro in a Hamilton bar on Feb. 21, 2004. The injuries were so extreme that surgeons had to put more than 200 stitches into Mattai's face to close the wounds. Cordeiro was sentenced to two years in jail for his attack on the gay businessman," reports The Hamilton Spectator. "Yesterday, Ontario's Superior Court Justice Richard Lococo ruled that Cordeiro must pay Mattai just over $73,000 in damages and legal costs for assaulting him." READ MORE

Share this article on your social media