Baseball thug jailed for antisemitic abuse

January 13, 2011

A man has been sentenced to a year in prison after he threatened four shul-goers with a baseball bat and antisemitic abuse in Cardiff last June.

Lee Tucker, 23, an unemployed joiner, was convicted of antisemitic affray at Cardiff Crown Court last month.

He tapped a baseball bat menacingly in his hand, threatening to kill the four men and knock their teeth out, according to the South Wales Echo. He then got into his car and drove towards them.

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, of Cardiff United Synagogue, said: "They were four American students who were staying with me for Shabbat.

"They were going for a walk in the afternoon and were wearing kippot. It's usually a nice, quiet area.

"It was Shabbat so they didn't have their phones but they found the park ranger who was helpful.

"This is quite an unusual thing to happen. I walk around with a kippah and incidents are rare. From my own experience in the past seven years, there have been less than a dozen incidents - and all verbal.

"Cardiff is a quiet place. The recent terror arrests were a shock even though we weren't targeted."

Last updated: 1:01pm, January 13 2011