Aus attacker who beat Indian student to coma, jailed
Published on: Saturday, 24th October 2009 08:11 AM
Coming down heavily on racist attacks, an Australian court here has sentenced an attacker of an Indian student, who went into a coma after being brutally beaten up, to over four years in jail with the Judge observing that such incidents rightly provoked international and local community outrage.
Judge Pamela Jenkins sentenced 21-year-old Zakarie Hussein to four-and-a-half years' jail with a minimum non-parole period of two years, saying that such racist attacks need to be condemned.
28-year-old Indian student Sukhraj Singh was attacked by Zakarie and a gang that rampaged an Indian grocery store last year and left him in coma for 15 days. The incident which was beamed worldwide created an outrage in India.
This was the first sentencing in a case involving attack on Indian students.