Had to fight them hand-to-hand, as Scots aren’t even allowed potato peelers…
Two illegal immigrants who assaulted a woman walking home from a nightclub came off worse after she used her karate skills to beat them up.
The pair were jailed for six years after they were found guilty of following 29-year-old Kelly Soutar.
The brave victim has spoken of her ‘complete relief’ after the pair were jailed for a six years.
Ms Soutar, 29, described how Shehab Smekramuddin and Mohammad Islam – both illegal immigrants who claim to be ‘political refugees’ – had followed her from a club in Forfar, Scotland, before they struck.
Ms Soutar, who works as a welder and who has a brown belt in karate – said her self-defence training kicked in allowing her to punch, headbutt and kick the duo before making off.
During a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court prosecutor Eilidh Robertson told a jury: ‘She admitted she punched one of the men – kicked him in the balls in her words.’
A ssheriff jailed the pair for three years each – and they now face deportation to their native Bangladesh when their sentences expire.
Speaking outside court Ms Soutar said she hoped her story would encourage other women to take self defence classes to allow them to stay safe.
Ms Soutar, a member of Dundee’s Kanzen Karate club, said: ‘I was wearing my karate club hoodie at the time – I wouldn’t have started on me!
‘I’m glad it is over with and it’s satisfying that they got a sentence and didn’t get away with it.
Nose-picking Islamic rape-boy, Shehab Smekramuddin (pictured left)
and Loser Mohammed Islam (pictured right) leaving Dundee Sheriff Court
‘It is a complete relief knowing they won’t be able to do this to anyone else in this country.
‘It makes it worth going through the whole thing and hopefully now I can get on with my life.’
Ms Soutar – who will compete in WUKF World Karate Championships in Dundee next month – added: ‘A lot of people have got in touch with me to ask about karate groups and going to do self defence classes and whether it is worht it.
‘It has raised awareness which is the main thing and I definitely think self defence classes are worth it.
‘Even just a little bit can give you confidence.’
The trial heard how the pair had stood outside the Royal in Forfar town centre staring at her for a period of time before she left to walk home.
She hung around the built-up area until she thought they had given up and disappeared before resuming her journey 20 minutes later.
But Islam approached again outside a park close to her home and Smekramuddin leapt over a wall and grabbed her.
Speaking after the trial, she said: ‘The younger one came towards me and I kneed him in the groin.
‘When he came towards me again I punched him in the face.
‘At that point the guy who was holding me pushed me to the ground so I was flat on my stomach and the other one had come in and was breathing on my head.
‘I lifted my head. I don’t which of the two I connected with but I just struggled.
‘We have been taught self defence stuff in class, especially if you are down on the ground.
‘Muscle memory took over and my body just reacted on its own.
‘I managed to dislodge the guy off my back and as soon as he was off balance I pushed him away and just ran.’