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. Australia has recently been hit by a spate of attacks especially on Indians with more than 30 community members being targeted in last three months.

The city based county court heard that the incident that left the Indian student in coma with permanent brain disabilities was just a “sheer thrill” for the attackers, The Age newspaper reported today.

Prosecutors told the court that last December, the gang of seven youths, who were drunk and carrying wooden sticks, raided an Indian grocery store in Sunshine and shouted “Are you Indian?” and randomly struck their victims.

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