Britain: Peter Scotter, 55, of Beach Street, Roker, Sunderland, appeared at Newcastle Crown Court and admitted to have racially assaulted a Muslim Woman after beating her and pulling off her Niqab.
Peter pulled off the Niqab of a woman in a shopping centre and yelled – “You are in our country now, you stupid f****** Muslim”.
“Scotter was diagnosed last week with a serious cancerous tumour under his tongue and was due to have an operation next Monday,” Tony Hawks defended.
“I have seen some documentation showing that the diagnosis is pretty bad,” the barrister said.
Judge Stephen Earl said he will sentence him later, once he has heard more details about the diagnosis.
“This is a custodial band sentence, given his record and the nature of his actions,” said Stephen.
A previous hearing at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard how Scotter left his victim terrified when he attacked her in July.
“The woman was waiting with her nine-year-old son for her husband outside a store in Sunderland’s Bridges shopping centre when Scotter “purposefully” walked towards her and grabbed her Niqab. The force he used almost threw her to the ground, and the Niqab came away from her face, exposing her and causing her pain to the neck,” Laura Lax, told the hearing
She remembered being scared but was so shocked she could not remember what was said, magistrates were told.
The Niqab was damaged, but she repaired it herself.
“This incident has left me scared to go out and I don’t want to go into town again. I am disgusted my nine-year-old son had to witness this,” the victim said.
“Here, take that f***** off, you are in our country now, you stupid f****** Muslim,” another witness heard Scotter shout.
When a police officer arrived, Scotter was being spoken to by a security guard and the defendant tried to walk away.
“Our Britain, you live by our f****** rules,” Scotter was heard saying, before coming out with more racist abuse.
He continued to make derogatory comments when he was being interviewed after his arrest, Miss Lax said.
During his previous hearings, when asked about Niqab, Scotter made a middle finger gesture to photographers outside court.
He has 66 previous convictions for 157 offences, including actual bodily harm, breaching a Football Banning Order and racially aggravated criminal damage.
Scotter had been due to stand trial for the Niqab offences next month.
The judge told Scotter will be sentenced in three weeks and granted him conditional bail.
Scotter came out of the court stood outside the doors smoking a cigarette.
He hid his face behind a scarf and made rude gestures to photographers and declined to answer why he was covering his face with a scarf.