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Townsville Man Jailed For Using Shoelace To Strangle Refugee

A Townsville man, who used a shoelace to strangle a refugee in South Australia, has been sentenced to 11 years jail. 

David John Pearce will serve at least six years of his sentence after he attacked Afghani Abdolhadi Moradi in Adelaide's north, in January 2018.

The ABC reports that the South Australian Supreme Court had previously heard that the attack occurred without warning.

Pearce attacked Mr Moradi from behind while he was walking along Salisbury Highway, strangling him with a shoelace with such force that his victim was dragged to the ground.

The court heard the attack lasted for up to two minutes until bystanders intervened.

The ABC reports that Pearce was born in Townsville and has a family there.

Justice Doyle told the court that if Pearce took steps to deal with a pattern of substance abuse, he had a reasonable prospect of rehabilitation.

During the trial, Prosecutors suggested that Pearce had wanted to carry out a racially-motivated killing, but Justice Doyle said he could not reach that conclusion beyond reasonable doubt according to the ABC.