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|London: Somalia Edition|
A group of men who threw 40 kicks and punches at an American student during an 'unprovoked' attack which left him with post-traumatic stress disorder have been jailed for more than 15 years.
U.S. student Francesco Hounye, 23, had only been in Britain for three days when he was left permanently scarred after being attacked by the gang as he walked home following a night out in Shadwell, east London.
Mr Hounye suffered a fractured eye socket and was left needing 23 stitches after being kicked repeatedly in the head by the five men, who also grabbed a bottle of Jagermeister liquor from his hand and smashed it over his head.
According to police, Mr Hounye was assaulted simply because he was 'obviously not local'.
Samad Uddin, 25, Shaleem Uddin, 21, Shadhat Hussain, 20, Kamrul Hussain, 23, and Masoom Rahman, 22, were today jailed at Snaresbrook Crown Court for the attack. [Didact: Hey, I guessed it right away!]
The court heard how the gang landed up to 40 kicks and punches in just 30 seconds during the brutal attack on Mr Hounye on June 17, 2013.
CCTV footage showed Mr Hounye being kicked mercilessly as he lay crouched in the road.
He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder following the incident and dropped out of college where he had been training to be a commercial pilot, the court heard.
He has since been left too terrified to go out in London and plans to return to his hometown in Florida, U.S.
In a victim impact statement, Mr Hounye said: 'Prior to this incident I was a confident, 'happy-go-lucky guy'. Never did I think that something like this would happen to me.
'As a direct result of this incident, I am now scared to go out on my own, particularly at night, and have become a much quieter and withdrawn person.
'I remain a visitor to the UK, but this incident has made me reassess my future plans.
'I was intending to remain in the UK and attend interviews as a personal trainer to fund my studies; however I could not attend job interviews when my face looked like it did.