29-year-old Kelly Soutar, who was walking home from a nightclub was almost assaulted by two illegal migrants who attacked her, however she fended them off with her karate skills.
Speaking on her ‘complete relief’ after the pair were jailed for a six years, Kelly Soutar narrated how how Shehab Smekramuddin and Mohammad Islam who claim to be ‘political refugees’ – had followed her from a club in Forfar, Scotland, before they struck.
The lady who 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.
Speaking outside court, Kelly said she hoped her story would encourage other women to take self-defence classes to allow them to stay safe. Kelly, a member of Dundee’s Kanzen Karate club, said on Wednesday:
‘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. ‘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.’
Kelly – 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 worth 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 court jailed the pair for three years each – and they now face deportation to their native Bangladesh when their sentences expire.