Jailed race-hate basher appeals against sentence
A Victorian man jailed for what a judge described as a "deplorable", "brutal" and "unprovoked" race-hate bashing, has lodged an appeal against sentence.
Supreme Court Justice Betty King sentenced Shannon Hudson to 10 years and six months' jail last month over an unprovoked attack on a Vietnamese international student in June last year.
Hudson and his co-accused, Wayne O'Brien, both aged 21, pleaded guilty to intentionally causing serious injury.
The pair and another friend, who cannot be identified because he was only 17, were on their way to Hudson's Ascot Vale home after a day of drinking in the city, when they noticed the student walking on the opposite side of Rothwell Street listening to music on his iPhone.
Without provocation they began punching and kicking him and yelled racial taunts including "you f...ing gook" and "lie down you dog, you yellow dog" as the man begged for his life.
Hudson also smashed a brick over the man's head with such force that the brick shattered.
In sentencing Hudson on December 12, Justice King ordered him to serve a minimum of eight years.