A security contractor jailed for an unprovoked 'racist' assault on an Asian woman walking her dogs on Sydney's north shore is still on bail more than two months after his sentencing.
Steven Burke, who has performed security work in Iraq, pleaded guilty to recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm on Jing Song, 29, at Mosman last year.
Ms Song was walking her dogs with friend Yiran Guo, 26, about 11pm on October 3 when the two women say Burke yelled out comments including 'Asians should go home'.
Steven Burke walks free from Downing Centre District Court in Sydney on Tuesday morning
Steven Burke, who was jailed for nine months in May, leaves Downing Centre District Court
Steven Burke, who was jailed for nine months, once worked as a security contractor in Iraq
Steven Burke, 34, pleaded guilty to recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm on Jing Song, 29
Burke, who denied saying those words, punched Ms Song up to five times in the face and kicked her in the stomach, a court heard.
Downing Centre Local Court magistrate Karen Robinson jailed him on May 22 for at least nine months, noting Ms Jong's injuries and the women's account of the 'racial slur'.
But Burke was later released on bail pending an appeal to the NSW District Court, where he appeared briefly on Tuesday.
Ms Jong and Ms Guo had left their home with their dogs when Burke, who was walking his cocker spaniel, called out to them across Glover Street.
Ms Guo saw Burke approach from across the road, according to a police statement before the court.
Steven Burke, 34, had no criminal history before assaulting Jing Song, 29 at Mosman last year
Steven Burke, sentenced to jail for a serious assault, worked as a security contractor in Iraq
Steven Burke, who is appealing against his jail sentence for assault, worked as a security contractor in Iraq
'He was talking but we couldn't hear what he was saying,' Ms Guo told police. 'He let go of his dog and walked across the road to us and said "Get out of my place, get away with your dogs".
'He was moving his arms. He said "I'm going to punch you". He said "F***ing Asians, go back to your