BBC News, the Daily Mail, Daily Mirror and The Sun have all reported on the 12 month community order sentences given to a woman and two men after they subjected an Asian man in Manchester to a violent racist attack. The woman admitted kicking and stamping on the head of the man saying “You’re a terrorist, don’t come near me, I’m worried you’ll blow me up”.
From BBC News:
“A judge has given a "last chance" to a mother behind a "horrifying" racist attack on an Asian man in Manchester.
“Amanda Lowe, 26, from Rochdale Road, Blackley, admitted racially abusing, kicking and stamping on the head of Khumar Nisar in the attack in Piccadilly Gardens in May.
“She was given a 12-month community order at Manchester Crown Court.
“Judge Lindsey Kushner QC said the attack, which was witnessed by Lowe's children, had been "irresponsible".
“Wesley Earls, 26, of Old Market Street in Blackley, and Daniel Wray, 21, of Ludlow Avenue in Swinton, each admitted a charge of causing actual bodily harm in relation to the incident.
“Both were given 12-month community orders.”
The BBC states that Nisar was racially abused by Lowe and was then punched by Earl after Nisar told him to “control his woman”. Wray and Lowe then joined in the assault, which was caught on CCTV, resulting in Nisar suffering cuts and bruises to his head and body.
The BBC continues that “Judge Kushner said all three defendants could "think yourselves lucky" that she had not handed them custodial sentences.
“She said Lowe, who admitted one charge of racially aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm, had been "drunk in charge of a child", which was "disgraceful", "irresponsible" and "in itself a criminal offence".
“Addressing Lowe, she said she could not "emphasise strongly enough [that] kids who have mothers who behave like you end up behaving like you".
“She said Lowe had escaped a prison term because of her children and that because hers was the most serious offence, it would have been "unfair" to jail Earls and Wray for less serious offences.
“She added that the sentences represented their "last chance" and if they offended again, they would be sent to prison.”
The Daily Mail adds that Lowe’s unprovoked racial abuse to Nisar included “You’re a terrorist, don’t come near me, I’m worried you’ll blow me up” and “Go back to Pakistan”. The three offenders between them have 21 previous convictions, and this is Lowe’s fourth conviction for assault in six years.
A number of similar attacks have been reported in recent months where those convicted have received tougher sentences. In May this year, a woman was handed a prison sentence for a drunken racist attack on a Muslim family, and in August a woman was imprisoned after she drunkenly attacked two Muslim women whilst on a train, ripping the headscarf from one of the women.
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