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Korean student pleas for financial help after Brighton street attack

University of Sussex international student pleas for help with medical bills after a racist attack in central Brighton leaves him with smashed teeth

A still of video footage of the attack in West Street, Brighton A still from video filmed by Mr Kim's friend

By Sharon Ko

A South Korean injured in a bottling attack in Brighton, is asking for help with medical bills through crowd funding.

Yehsung Kim, 20 who studies International Relations and Development Studies at the University of Sussex, was hit with a champagne bottle in North Street after going to a Korean Society meeting.

The attack on October 15, caused ten teeth to crumble, along with nerve damage.

A still of video footage of the attack in West Street, Brighton

A still from video filmed by Mr Kim’s friend

Mr Kim said: “I was so angry and disappointed with this reality.”

Joe Cave, 31, a personal trainer from Brighton has helped Mr Kim to organize the crowd funding page.

The appeal hit its £1,000 target within 24 hours.

Mr Kim has spent more than £340 just on a dental consultation and he is now seriously considering going back to South Korea.

In response to the huge support from the public, he said: “I feel compassion from so many people who have supported me and helped me.

“Also, I think the God is helping me.

“Now I just want that this kind of thing will not happen again to other people and if there are still people who have racial prejudice, they should wake up and think about this carefully.”

The crowd funding is still open at: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/brightonracistattack?utm_id=107&utm_term=ez7yYmADR

All of the money raised will go towards Mr Kim’s medical treatment, and any extra will go towards anti-racism charity.

A 17-year-old boy from Burgess Hill, arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment with fear of violence, and a 16-year-old boy from Haywards Heath, arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm with intent, are currently on police bail until November 11.

The police have urged any witnesses to contact Sussex police on 101 quoting serial number 1481 of 15/10, or by phoning Crimestoppers, on 0800 555111.

About Sarah Booker Lewis (2 Articles)
Journalist, web editor, online journalism tutor and social media trainer/manager. Interested in all things web, news, politics, government, people and life. My opinions are my own and do not reflect those of my colleagues or employer. I also crochet and raise a child.

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