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Study abroad student bottled in the face and has teeth knocked out in racial attack

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Around 10 pm last Sunday, Yehsung Kim was coming home from a social night out when he was attacked near his accommodation on North Street, Brighton.

Kim, who is a South Korean exchange student studying International Relations at the University of Sussex, was passing the Japanese restaurant Oki-Nami when he saw two men arguing with the staff inside. 

He proceeded to walk past when he was hit by a bottle from behind but decided to ignore their provocation. The two men then began chanting monkey noises and shouting racial slurs. 

Speaking to TNS, Kim said they tried to provoke a reaction from him: "I was really angry but I knew that I'm a foreigner here and I could be kicked out of the country, I want to keep studying here. I tried to escape but they blocked my way and kept on making the noises." 

Trying to remain calm, Kim asked them to let him continue walking.

At this point, he was with a female friend who didn't understand what they were saying. She froze when one of the men smashed a champagne bottle on his face. Reportedly, they defended their attack with "because you are fucking Asian." 

Kim sustained multiple injuries to his mouth including a crown fracture and a suspected crack on the maxillary ridge of bone. He waited two hours at A&E before travelling to New Malden to see a doctor and arriving home by four in the morning. 

A University of Sussex spokesperson said:

"We are saddened to hear that one of our students has been the victim of an alleged racist attack. Whilst we can't comment on the case in particular, as it is rightly being investigated by the Police, we would like to emphasise the university of Sussex strongly condemns violence and discrimination of any kind."

Sussex police issued the following:

"At about 10:30 pm on Sunday (15 October), police were called by the South East Coast Ambulance Service following a report of an assault in North Street, Brighton.

"The victim, a 20-year-old man from Brighton, had been struck with a bottle, causing facial injuries, and was taken to hospital for treatment. 

Lead image courtesy of Yehsung Kim's Facebook

 

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