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Aussie youths jailed for Asian student attack

AFP-JIJI

An Australian judge jailed two men Wednesday who claimed to be members of a neo-Nazi group behind the brutal beating of an Asian student that left him “almost unrecognizable as a human being.”

Two men, along with a youth who cannot be named because of his age, set upon Vietnamese student Minh Duong in an unprovoked June 27 attack. The attack in a Melbourne suburb left the 21-year-old unconscious in a pool of blood in the gutter.

Residents called police after hearing Duong’s screams as he was racially abused and repeatedly hit, kicked and stabbed by the trio who then smashed him over the head with a brick with such force that it broke.

Justice Betty King said racial hatred played only a “very small part” in the attack, although she said the evidence showed the student had been subjected to taunts such as “gook” and “yellow dog.” King said photographs of the victim’s injuries were “horrendous.”

In jailing Shannon Hudson, 21, and Wayne O’Brien, 20, King said she believed the pair had a “general hatred” for the community and for some reason were just angry.

“I am of the view that a lot of your discussions and talk about skinheads and white supremacy, and your ‘Heil Hitler’ signs, were not really understood by either of you,” the Victorian Supreme Court justice said.

O’Brien, who with Hudson pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury, told police they were part of a neo-Nazi group that hated Asians, Jews and blacks.

He was sentenced to 4½ years with a minimum nonparole period of 2½ years, while Hudson, who has a criminal record, was sentenced to 10½ years and will serve at least eight. The third attacker was sent through youth court.