‘Men took turns to punch woman’

TWO men left a woman needing �8,000 of dental treatment after attacking her as she walked home from work, a court heard.

Kubair Shah, 21, of Broxbourne Road, Forest Gate, and Amir Anwar, 22, took turns to punch nightclub security worker Alex Blyth in the face after kicking her to the ground, it is claimed.

They tried to flee after the assault but onlookers restrained them and waited for police to arrive.

Southwark Crown Court heard Miss Blyth and a colleague were walking home from the bar where they worked in Soho in the early hours of May 8, 2009.

Ms Blyth said three young Asian men passed them on Charing Cross Road and one made a homophobic comment.


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She said: “I made the remark that it was probably a projection of yourself,” she said. “They walked past, and the next thing I knew, I was on the ground. I was kicked from behind. I felt it.”

Miss Blyth stood up and turned around to see three youths.

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She said: “One of them punched me. My mouth was severely dripping with blood and my tooth was wobbling. I thought my tooth had fallen out.”

Jurors heard the third youth ran off after his friend hit Miss Blyth in the mouth, but the other two who waited for her to get up for a second time attacked her again.

“I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that they had assaulted me,” she said. “The smaller one then punched me in the mouth, the same as the first punch, enough to split my lip.

“I fell to the ground with the impact, and the third one then punched me a third time.”

Miss Blyth said the pair ran off, but she pursued them, telling bystanders what had happened.

“People ran after them, and then I headed towards Tottenham Court Road, where I saw they were being held,” she said.

The pair were handed over to the police soon after.

Shah, and Anwar, of Harrow Road, Leytonstone, both deny assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The trial continues.

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