Veil row magistrate reprimanded

A magistrate has been reprimanded for refusing to deal with the case of a Muslim woman because she was wearing a veil covering her face. Ian Murray walked out of court when Zoobia Hussain, 32, first appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court in June. Ms Hussain, from Crumpsall, who was accused of criminal damage, was wearing a veil covering her entire face. The Office of Judicial Complaints said Mr Murray had been given a formal reprimand and further training.

BBC News, 8 January 2008