Thug out celebrating ‘lenient’ sentence attacked woman

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A THUG out celebrating his “lenient” court sentence left a shopworker cowering and crying in front of her children in a sickening attack.

Yob Kieron Wright was given a community order in March for his part in a cowardly assault that left a man with learning difficulties battered and bleeding in a pub toilet in Sunderland.

Within 24 hours of walking out of court, the 19-year-old, who was given an Asbo in 2010, had turned his violence on Syeda Chowdhury, known as Saly, at her Hendon Valley Road store.

Newcastle Crown Court heard during the terrifying attack the victim had chunks of her hair pulled out and racist abuse was thrown at her.

The mum-of-four has been told it could take two years for her missing hair to grow back.

Prosecutor Richard Herrmann told the court the violence flared when Mrs Chowdhury confronted Wright over a pack of pork scratchings he had walked out of the store with but not paid for.

As the trouble spilled outside the shop, Mrs Chowdhury ended up standing at the door of her nearby home and her children came out.

Mr Herrmann said: “The defendant became racially abusive to her, throwing punches in her direction.

“Two other people became involved, one who was convicted of threatening behaviour.

“The complainant describes she was very upset during the incident.

“She was shaking, crying and chunks of her hair were on the ground.

“Her children were screaming at the distress of the situation.”

Wright, of no fixed address, admitted breaching the original community order, breach of an Asbo and affray.

Judge Roger Thorn QC said: “He got what he thought was a lenient sentence and went out to celebrate to such an extent he committed the affray.”

Tony Hawks, defending, said Wright has been in Durham jail since March, which he has found an “intimidating experience”.

Judge Thorn said because Wright has spent the equivalent of a 12-month sentence on remand, his 12-month prison sentence for the offending will be suspended for 18 months, with supervision.

The judge told him: “Newcastle Crown Court, in your view clearly, gave you a lenient sentence that you were not expecting.

“I’m not going to express my own view of that because I don’t know the circumstances in which you were sentenced.

“You went out and celebrated in a completely foolish way and committed further offences.”

As Wright left the court Judge Thorn warned him: “The last thing you ought to do is go and celebrate.”

Speaking after the sentencing, Saly said the attack has left her unable to sleep.

“Since that night I could not sleep and I had a friend sitting with me,” she said.

“Since he was locked up, there has been no bother.”

But the shopkeeper said she had not wanted to see Wright face a long spell in prison.

“He is a human, so he can’t be in jail for life, I agree with that.

“But if he behaves himself, there will be no problem,” she added.

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