Yobs won’t drive me out, vows shopkeeper

Saly Chowdhury is unhappy with the punishment given to her attacker.
Saly Chowdhury is unhappy with the punishment given to her attacker.
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A SHOPKEEPER who was attacked by a teen yob today issued a message of defiance.

Syeda Chowdhury, known as Saly, was beaten up outside her Hendon home near to the corner shop she runs.

A 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given an eight-month community order at Sunderland Youth Court yesterday and ordered to pay Mrs Chowdhury £75 compensation.

She had denied her part in the attack, saying Mrs Chowdhury had attacked her with a shoe, but she was found guilty after a trial earlier this month.

Speaking after the hearing, the distressed victim said she had lost business because of the incident.

“Seventy pounds is no good. That day I lost £400. I had to close the business.

“I did not do anything to them. It is not my country and I am foreign – that is why.

“That is why I get all this.”

But the mum-of-four said she will not be driven out of Hendon and has said she wants the compensation money to be donated to a charity.

“For different people like this, you can’t close your shop,” she said.

“She assaulted me, I got ashamed, I lost business.

“The doctor said my hair will take one or two years to grown back, because it was pulled out by the roots.

“I thought it was my last day and that £75 and that sentence are supposed to make me happy?

“These people don’t care.”

Trouble broke out after two women and a man went into the store in Hendon Valley Road, which Mrs Chowdhury has run for more than three years.

There was a row over a stolen box of crisps and Mrs Chowdhury claimed she was attacked on her doorstep, in front of her terrified children.

The teenage attacker admitted she had drunk cider and Desperados – a lager flavoured with tequila – and was “seven or eight out of 10 drunk”.

Magistrates ordered the teenager to complete an eight-month order with supervision, including looking at issues with alcohol.

Her mum, who was with her in court, must pay £200 towards court costs, as well as compensation.