A teenager was sent to Pakistan by his father after getting into trouble and assaulting a woman, a court heard.
But the move was criticised by magistrates who said justice delayed was justice denied.
Jamal Suleman laughed as a woman he had hit in the stomach with a tree branch fell to the floor in pain.
He was not brought to book for the offence for four years because he left the country shortly after.
Jamal Suleman, 21, of Holland Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault on Sofia Patel and failing to surrender to bail.
He was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and pay £400 compensation and £85 costs.