Scotter, 55, of #Sunderland , pulled the woman’s #niqab off while in a shopping centre and yelled “you are in our country now, you stupid f****** #Muslim ”. He was due to appear at #Newcastle Crown Court after admitting racially aggravated assault by beating and racially aggravated harassment but the case was adjourned in his absence.
The court heard he has recently undergone #cancer treatment.
The woman, who has not been named, told the Daily Mirror: “I did not realise the man had cancer. I don’t want him to go to #prison . “He did a bad thing in anger. It hurt and frightened me, but I don’t seek any kind of revenge.” The mum, who was attacked in the days after the #EU referendum, also said people should “stop the hatred and chill” after the #Brexit vote.
Both offences were based on Scotter’s hostility towards a particular religious group, namely Islam, the court was told previously.
He was also heard to say: “Our #Britain , you live by our f****** rules,” before hurling more racist abuse at Sunderland’s Bridges shopping centre.
A previous hearing at Sunderland’s Magistrate’s Court heard how Scotter left his victim, who moved to the #UK from #Bangladesh 30 years ago, terrified when he attacked her in July.
Laura Lax, prosecuting, told the court the woman was waiting for her husband outside a store in Sunderland’s Bridge’s shopping centre with her nine-year-old son when a man “purposefully” walked towards her and grabbed her niqab.
The force he used almost almost threw her to the ground and the niqab came away from her face, exposing her and causing her pain to her neck.
She remembered being scared but was so shocked she could not remember what was said, magistrates were told.
The niqab was damaged, but she has since repaired it herself.
Judge Stephen Earl adjourned a previous hearing to allow specialists to assess his condition, after Scotter was diagnosed with a serious cancerous #tumour under his tongue.
Sunderland Magistrates’ Court was told previously how Scotter left his victim terrified when he attacked her in #July , with the force he used almost throwing her to the ground. #islamophobia