Bloke who punched pensioner 125 times in racist frenzied attack jailed

A thug who was caught on video punching an elderly Asian woman 125 times in a hate crime attack has been jailed for more than 17 years.

Tammel Esco, 42, from New York, was sentenced to 17.5 years in prison and five years of post-release supervision in Westchester County Court in connection with the March attack, Westchester County District Attorney Miriam E. Rocah announced in a news conference.

In the brutal assault he called the 67-year-old woman who is of Filipino descent, an “Asian b****” and she was left with bleeding on her brain and multiple facial fractures.

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Esco had pleaded guilty to first degree assault as a hate crime back in September.

Ms Rocah said: “This is a case that has traumatised not only the victim and her family, but also her neighbours in the city of Yonkers, the broader Westchester community and the broader Asian American and Pacific Islander community really across the country."

In the March 11 attack, the woman was entering her apartment block on Riverdale Avenue in the suburb of Yonkers when Esco, who lived in the same building, yelled at her calling her a racial slur.

In an incident caught on the building's CCTV camera, he then followed her and punched her in the head, knocking her to the ground, and continued to hit her, stomped on her body, and spat on her.

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Jennifer Wu, one of the lawyers for the victim and her family, said she did not want to disclose her medical status and asked for privacy, “as we continue to heal and try return to our normal lives”.

Yonkers Police Commissioner Christopher Sapienza said there was no relationship between the two, and the incident was an isolated attack.

He added: “In 27 years of policing, this was one of the most violent and one of the most heinous crimes I’ve ever witnessed."

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