Furious Muslim leaders last night criticised magistrates after a man escaped custody following a disgusting racist attack on two women. A court heard how jobless Daniel Thackray, 19, of Hen Felin, Aber, near Bangor, spat on two Muslim woman and then pushed one who was heavily pregnant. He received a six months’ custodial term suspended for 18 months which angered the Muslim Council of Britain.
Speaking after the case a Muslim Council spokesman said: “Society shows its revulsion at certain crimes by the way in which it sentences people. This almost gives a green light to hate crimes. Spitting at and pushing a pregnant woman is revolting. Spitting at anyone is a disgusting crime.”
Thackray will also have access to alcohol counselling. He must pay £100 compensation each to the pregnant Turkish mother, aged 46, and her 18-year-old daughter. He admitted two counts of racially aggravated common assault.
Prosecutor James Neary said at Llandudno Magistrates Court that the drunken teenager had said “f***ing Muslim” during the trouble at a bus stop in the centre of Colwyn Bay. He had pushed the mother after she went towards him. She fell backwards but was caught by her daughter. They went to the nearby police station and Thackray was arrested when he passed it.
Court chairman Owen Evans told Thackray: “This was disgraceful behaviour against two vulnerable victims.”