An Asian woman in Sydney, Australia sustained multiple facial fractures after a racist Australian man assaulted her while she was walking her dog with a friend.
In the video of the brutal assault aired on 7 News, 34-year-old Steven Burke can be seen dishing out multiple punches on a defenseless 29-year-old Jing Song.
The attacker, who was identified as a former security worker in Iraq, reportedly went on a verbal racist tirade against Song when they encountered each other on the street.
When Burke’s tirade began turning physical, Song took out her phone to record the attack.
“Get out of my face,” Burke can be heard shouting as he went for a punch.
“You are punching a woman! ” she screams. “Why? Help!”
The disturbing attack, which happened at 11:00 p.m. back in October, began with Burke telling Song and her friend to “go back to China” after encountering them on Glover Street in Mosman. Footage of the incident was just recently released to the public.
Upon questioning by authorities, Burke denied the assault and claimed that an Asian man had followed and “scratched” him after an altercation between their dogs.
“I remember he was filming me and then he fell over. He fell and hit the ground, the gutter, and I walked off,” Burke said.“I think he tripped over some tree stumps.”
Song’s friend told police what transpired before Burke attacked:
“He was moving his arms. He said, ‘I’m going to punch you’. He said, “f***ing Asians, go back to your country with your dogs.’ He said this three or four times.”
Burke pleaded guilty to recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm on Song, but denied having gone on a racist tirade.
Last May, the Downing Centre Local Court sentenced Burke to be jailed for nine months. He is, however, currently released on bail after he made an appeal on the length of his sentence. The hearing for the appeal was held on Tuesday and will resume in September.
Burke, who had worked as a security guard in Iraq, had reportedly been hospitalized for post traumatic stress disorder. The court heard that he had allegedly struggled with his mental health before the attack. It was put forth that he did not take the medication he’d been prescribed on the day of the attack.