Saturday, May 30, 2015
Woman followed by MAN disguised in burqa and hit over the head with brick in savage attack
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There has been fiery debate about the burqa's place in Britain
The 23-year-old was chased by Hong Nguyen in Streatham Park before he smashed her over the head from behind.
On Friday he pleaded guilty to attempting to cause grievous bodily harm – but his victim has been left with traumatic nightmares and flashbacks of the attack.
She said: "I couldn't sleep at all. I'd be too scared of shutting my eyes and anything black freaked me out because he was dressed all in black.
"But it's better now because I have really good support from friends and family and I'm grateful that I'm still alive.
"It could have been so much worse."
Nguyen was spotted by residents patrolling the area wearing a burqa and carrying a plastic bag.
Police initially thought he was a woman because of his long hair and slim build.
He was caught after a group of hero residents pinned him down three months after the December attack.
The woman added: "I thought it was more of a mugging but then when he started strangling me, I was like, now they are trying to kill me?
"I wasn't really sure what was happening, I thought I was going to pass out, I was so shocked."
Nguyen is due to be sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on July 2.
The incident comes amid a fiery debate about the burqa's place in Britain.
An October 2013 poll revealed a majority of Britons support the banning of the full-face veill – because it makes them feel uneasy.
And in March last year Philip Hollobone put forward a parliamentary bill seeking to prohibit the wearing of face coverings, in particular the Muslim veil and balaclavas.
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