A man dressed in a burka who hit a woman over the head with a brick has had his jail sentence increased after it emerged he knew his victim.Student Hong Nguyen, 24, was branded “dangerous” by judges at the Court of Appeal as they jailed him for seven years for the vicious assault against Karen Wong in Mitcham.
But Ms Wong recognised him as a man who bore a grudge against her over an image she had posted on Facebook.
Sir Brian Leveson, sitting with Mr Justice Sweeney and Judge David Griffith-Jones, said: “It is abundantly clear that, in misleading the court as he did, this offender was not demonstrating true remorse.
“Furthermore, without suggesting that an attack on a known victim is any more serious than an attack on a stranger, the circumstances of this case meant that the only proper assessment of this offender was that he was, indeed, dangerous …
Nguyen, from Leytonstone, was originally jailed for four years and four months at Kingston crown court last August after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent and having an offensive weapon.
Judges in the Court of Appeal have increased the sentence to seven years with an extended four-year licence period.
Nguyen attacked Ms Wong in Cairns Street, Mitcham, at 11.45pm on December 6, 2014, waiting until she had passed by before swinging at her with brick wrapped in a plastic bag.He knocked her to the floor with a second blow and then started to throttle her.When Ms Wong tried to pull off Nguyen’s veil he ran away.The attacker was caught when he returned to the area — again wearing the burka disguise, and carrying a plastic bag containing a hammer.Residents confronted him and pinned him down until police arrived.Nguyen told police that he had turned to crime and intended to mug people because he was desperate for money, and he was sentenced on the basis that he had committed a random street attack.