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A pedestrian who was viciously assaulted in Ascot Vale as he was walking along a street earlier this year was targeted because he was Asian, a court has heard.
One of three people charged over the incident, Wayne Anthony O’Brien, admitted to police after his arrest: “We’re skinheads and we don’t like Asian people … don’t like Jews, don’t like Negros, you know what I mean.”
The last time I saw a photograph of a face like this young man, he was dead.
O’Brien, 20, and his friend Shannon Walter Henry Hudson, 21, and another friend who cannot be identified because he was 17, were charged with intentionally causing serious injury to the 21-year-old international student on the night of June 27.
Victoria’s Supreme Court heard that the attackers had been drinking alcohol at a city hotel and were captured on CCTV footage saluting to each other in a “Heil Hitler” manner.
They were on their way to Hudson’s home in Bloomfield Road, Ascot Vale, when they noticed the student walking on the opposite side of the street listening to music on his iPhone.
One of the three ran across the road and the others followed and began punching and kicking him without provocation.
Hudson also smashed over the student’s head a brick, which broke in half, and the victim was stabbed with an unknown sharp object. He lost consciousness during the prolonged attack and was chased down when he tried to run away.
The court heard the trio taunted their victim by yelling things including “you f…ing Gook” and “lie down you dog, you yellow dog” as they repeatedly belted him as he begged for his life.
Chief Crown Prosecutor Gavin Silbert, SC, told Justice Betty King that the victim “was terrified and believed he was going to be beaten to death”.
He suffered critical, life threatening injuries that required facial reconstruction and plastic surgery. He lost several teeth, suffered broken bones, puncture wounds and multiple cuts and bruises and still cannot chew or speak properly because of his injuries.
Intentionally causing serious injury carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.
Upon viewing photograph of the student’s injuries, Justice King said: “The last time I saw a photograph of a face like this young man, he was dead”.
She described the attack as “relentless”. The court heard it continued for about 10 minutes. She added that “many of those injuries could have killed him”.
The judge said the racially motivated attack was “unacceptable, unforgivable and our community will not tolerate it”. She later noted the attacker’s behaviour constituted “appalling, appalling conduct”.
Defence barrister Jarrod Williams, for O’Brien, said his client had acknowledged the seriousness of the attack, was deeply remorseful and was taking full responsibility for his actions.
He said O’Brien was homeless at the time and was very intoxicated on the night.
He also had a long history of drug abuse which dated back to his intellectually disabled brother, Christopher, being tortured and murdered when O’Brien was aged 15.
This had been profoundly traumatic to O’Brien, Mr Williams said. He had left school after his brother’s death and attended every day of the subsequent criminal trials, which added to the trauma.
He said his client had also experienced problems at home growing up after his father walked out on the family when he was toddler.
The court heard O’Brien had shaved his head the week prior to the attack, and had only recently started hanging out with a group of people who called themselves the Crazy White Boys or Skinheads.
He said he had realised as early as in his police interview that he had not held the same views as members of the group against other races, as he had a Jamaican friend.
“He now firmly, unequivocally and whole-heartedly rejects and repudiates the views of that group,” Mr Williams said.
“His remorse is palpable … He describes his actions as the most pathetic thing he’s ever done.”
Simon Moglia, for Hudson, said his client acknowledged his role in the ‘‘horrific event’’ and said took full responsibility.
Hudson admitted his many prior convictions, which included crimes against almost 10 other people, and also involved a similar attack on a random person in a public place.
Mr Moglia told Justice King “words fail me” when he mentioned the seriousness of his client’s offending in relation to ‘‘bricking’’ the student during the attack.
Hudson – who has never met, but is a distant relative of CBD killer Christopher Wayne Hudson, who gunned down two men and a woman in Melbourne in 2007, killing solicitor Brendan Keilar – had a troubled upbringing, the court was told.
Forensic psychologist Pamela Matthews testified that Hudson had a low I.Q., a borderline personality disorder and empathy issues and was a product of foetal alcohol syndrome.
The court heard he told Ms Matthews during a consultation about his offending: “I’m not ready yet, but when I am ready, I’ll change”.
Justice King expressed concern about such a comment as she stressed the important sentencing consideration of protecting society from such violent and dangerous offenders.
Hudson and O’Brien’s co-accused pleaded guilty in the Children’s Court over his role in the attack.
He was sentenced in September to one year and eight months in a youth detention centre, with an 11-month non-parole period.
The judge remanded O’Brien and Hudson to be sentenced on a date to be fixed.
The pre-sentence plea hearing continues.