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image captionStipe Lozina walked as a lot as Rana Elasmar – who he didn’t know – and attacked her

An Australian man who punched and stomped on a pregnant lady in a suspected Islamophobic assault has been jailed for three years.

Stipe Lozina, 44, attacked Rana Elasmar, 32, in Sydney remaining November.

Ms Elasmar, then 38 weeks pregnant, had been with associates in a restaurant when Lozina entered and approached their desk, asking for money.

When she refused, he launched proper right into a “vicious” assault fuelled by religious prejudice, a trial heard.

Prosecutors said he had yelled “you Muslims wrecked my mum” sooner than leaning over and punching Ms Elasmar to the underside.

He struck her on the very least 14 cases and stomped on the once more of her head sooner than totally different shoppers managed to pull him away.

Security video of the assault led to intensive outrage in Australia.

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image captionBystanders rushed to help Ms Elasmar

Sentencing resolve Christopher Craigie beforehand described it as a “wicked and deplorable” assault from an “clearly unwell” man.

“The assault was one with a grave potential to set off very extreme harm to every the sufferer and her unborn teen,” he said on Thursday.

Ms Elasmar knowledgeable the courtroom in September she had felt targeted because of her religion, and had feared for her youngster’s life and her private.

“If no individual intervened, I could have been killed,” she said.

“I made a acutely conscious selection to point out my abdomen away from his punches. I needed to protect my youngster.”

She suffered minor accidents and gave begin to a boy three weeks after the assault.

Nevertheless the courtroom heard she had suffered lasting trauma since, along with fears about being in public and explaining the assault to her four kids.

“Islamophobia desires to complete. Violence in direction of women should stop,” she said remaining month.

Lozina refused licensed help and represented himself in courtroom. All through his trial, he made many incoherent rants, Australian media reported.

The resolve well-known that he had been recognized with schizophrenia and had a “longstanding wrestle with psychological illness”.

He’ll in all probability be eligible for parole in 2022.


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