You’d figure a refugee from the African nation of Eritrea — a war-torn, violent country that’s among the world’s worst human rights offenders — would be relatively safe during his fifth day in Australia.
But a 26-year-old man from Down Under shattered that assumption, savagely attacking the refugee at a train station and netting a necklace, bracelet, sunglasses, headphones and $60 cash after the unprovoked assault, according to the Daily Mail.
And now a judge just added something else to Timothy Williams’ spoils: Nine years in jail.
The brutal beating from last October — in which the victim lost a tooth and needed stitches in his left ear — was caught on surveillance video at the Wollongong railway station about 50 miles south of Sydney and shown in court Thursday, according to the Illawarra Mercury.
The video shows the man identified as Williams punching the victim nearly 20 times and throwing him to the ground at least twice; the victim appears to ask for mercy before running for safety. Then Williams and his female accomplice collect what the man left behind.
Williams pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery with wounding and admitted he and his accomplice, Jaimee Lee Haynes, 28, were behind the whole thing.
“A viewing of this footage is all that is needed to make an accurate assessment of the objective seriousness of this offense,” Judge Paul Conlon said, also characterizing Williams’ crime as a “sickening attack.”
“It is clear that when the offenders reached the station pedestrian walkway they were waiting for a victim. When the victim was stopped, it was also clear that there was a plan of action.”
Williams’ non-parole-eligible jail time is six years, backdated to when he was arrested; he’ll then be eligible for parole in 2019.
Haynes will be sentenced on Friday.
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