Man who ripped off woman's veil spared jail

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A man who ripped off a Muslim woman’s veil in a shopping centre because he thought she was “just another illegal immigrant” has been spared jail.

Ian Brazier, from Shirley, Solihull, was given a six-week sentence, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete a diversity awareness course by magistrates in the town.

The 26-year-old had admitted racially aggravated assault at an early hearing.

The court heard that he tore Farhana Chughtai’s niqab from her face and threw it on the floor in Solihull’s Touchwood complex on March 3 as she shopped with family.

Alan Bryce, defending, said his client was angry at the time of the incident because he had been smoking cannabis and the films he was planning to watch at the centre’s cinema were not showing.

He said: “He was angry that he couldn’t see the films or the films he wanted to see weren’t there.

”All these pent-up emotions were unfortunately released when he saw this lady.”

The solicitor said Mrs Chughtai was a “random victim”, spotted by unemployed Mr Brazier as he came down an escalator in the complex.

He said: “He had been taking cannabis and it had made him angry.

”He saw her and he thought ‘There’s just another illegal immigrant’.”

The court heard that Mrs Chughtai, from Balsall Heath, Birmingham, told police she felt “naked and violated” by the assault.

In a statement released by West Midlands Police after the sentencing, the 26-year-old victim said: “At the time of the attack I felt violated and very distressed.

”Today, I remain self-conscious and worry that the same thing may happen to me again.

”I am aware of other similar incidents in the West Midlands which have not been reported to police.

”This should not be the case; victims should report these crimes as soon as they happen.

”I am pleased with West Midlands Police’s efforts to trace my attacker and the way they have handled this investigation and I would like to extend my thanks to the officers involved.”

Chief Inspector Kevin Doyle said: “Despite the shocking nature of this offence, reports of crimes like this are exceptionally rare both in Solihull and the wider West Midlands.

”When they are reported to us, I would like to assure victims that they are investigated thoroughly, professionally and victims treated with the utmost dignity and respect.

”Today’s sentence shows that there is no place for hate in Solihull.”

Brazier was given an 18-month supervision order and told he must complete a 21-day activity requirement which examines diversity and prejudice.

Chairman of the bench Mark Kershaw also ordered him to complete 250 hours of unpaid work in the community and pay £100 compensation to the victim.

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9:07pm Thu 5 Jul 12

peace and love 123 says...

This racist little man here not only assaulted her but also insulted her in public all this while high on drugs and he got away with. If this was an asian man he would of definitely would of got locked up, fact. Judges, police etc majority are secret racists themselves.
This racist little man here not only assaulted her but also insulted her in public all this while high on drugs and he got away with. If this was an asian man he would of definitely would of got locked up, fact. Judges, police etc majority are secret racists themselves. peace and love 123
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9:14pm Thu 5 Jul 12

peace and love 123 says...

The victim is right in saying so many of these incidents get unreported. And why do they go unreported because of the bias nature of the criminal justice system. One rule for one another for the other.
The victim is right in saying so many of these incidents get unreported. And why do they go unreported because of the bias nature of the criminal justice system. One rule for one another for the other. peace and love 123
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2:06pm Fri 6 Jul 12

break ya face says...

if the victim was white this page would have been full of comments effin scumbags crackers
if the victim was white this page would have been full of comments effin scumbags crackers break ya face
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3:19pm Fri 6 Jul 12

Tom Mosley says...

peace and love 123 wrote:
The victim is right in saying so many of these incidents get unreported. And why do they go unreported because of the bias nature of the criminal justice system. One rule for one another for the other.
How do you work that one out?
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What proof has the victim got for starters? I hardly feel that a 'woman' having her veil ripped off in public is not noticed.
[quote][p][bold]peace and love 123[/bold] wrote: The victim is right in saying so many of these incidents get unreported. And why do they go unreported because of the bias nature of the criminal justice system. One rule for one another for the other.[/p][/quote]How do you work that one out? . What proof has the victim got for starters? I hardly feel that a 'woman' having her veil ripped off in public is not noticed. Tom Mosley
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4:05pm Fri 6 Jul 12

peace and love 123 says...

Tom Mosley wrote:
peace and love 123 wrote:
The victim is right in saying so many of these incidents get unreported. And why do they go unreported because of the bias nature of the criminal justice system. One rule for one another for the other.
How do you work that one out?
.
What proof has the victim got for starters? I hardly feel that a 'woman' having her veil ripped off in public is not noticed.
Not everyone is blind like you, silly idiot.
[quote][p][bold]Tom Mosley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peace and love 123[/bold] wrote: The victim is right in saying so many of these incidents get unreported. And why do they go unreported because of the bias nature of the criminal justice system. One rule for one another for the other.[/p][/quote]How do you work that one out? . What proof has the victim got for starters? I hardly feel that a 'woman' having her veil ripped off in public is not noticed.[/p][/quote]Not everyone is blind like you, silly idiot. peace and love 123
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4:36pm Sun 8 Jul 12

Tom Mosley says...

peace and love 123 wrote:
Tom Mosley wrote:
peace and love 123 wrote:
The victim is right in saying so many of these incidents get unreported. And why do they go unreported because of the bias nature of the criminal justice system. One rule for one another for the other.
How do you work that one out?
.
What proof has the victim got for starters? I hardly feel that a 'woman' having her veil ripped off in public is not noticed.
Not everyone is blind like you, silly idiot.
Or thick as a post like you. I was asking about this woman's claim that 'so many of these incidents go unreported'. What proof has she got? Surely an incident like this would not occur without other people noticing.
.
I would say she is a liar.
[quote][p][bold]peace and love 123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Tom Mosley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peace and love 123[/bold] wrote: The victim is right in saying so many of these incidents get unreported. And why do they go unreported because of the bias nature of the criminal justice system. One rule for one another for the other.[/p][/quote]How do you work that one out? . What proof has the victim got for starters? I hardly feel that a 'woman' having her veil ripped off in public is not noticed.[/p][/quote]Not everyone is blind like you, silly idiot.[/p][/quote]Or thick as a post like you. I was asking about this woman's claim that 'so many of these incidents go unreported'. What proof has she got? Surely an incident like this would not occur without other people noticing. . I would say she is a liar. Tom Mosley
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