The two Southie brothers charged with stomping and urinating on a sleeping homeless immigrant waived their right to a hearing and will be held without bail pending their scheduled trial.
Scott and Steve Leader faced a dangerousness hearing in Dorchester Municipal Court on Thursday morning for a racially-motivated attack on a homeless Hispanic man who was sleeping near the JFK/UMass T station in August.
The homeless man told investigators that when he woke up, two men were urinating on him. He told police the pair then ransacked his belongings and beat him with their fists and a metal pole. Witnesses told authorities that two men beat a sleeping 58-year-old homeless man, and walked away laughing. The man was treated for a broken nose, serious bruising to the torso and other injuries.
“These allegations are sickening,” Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley said at the time of their arrests. “Withholding bail was absolutely appropriate given the facts as we understand them. Just as important, however, is that several witnesses stepped up, contacted police and gave full statements when they witnessed a vicious, unprovoked crime. They did the right thing here, and we’re grateful to them for recognizing the urgency of the situation.”
According to the Suffolk County District Attorney, Scott Leader told police while he was being arraigned, “Donald Trump was right. All of these illegals need to be deported,” and that the leading Republican presidential candidate’s words inspired him to “tune up” the “illegal immigrant.”
The Leader brothers will stand trial on Oct. 1.