Man jailed for 'terrifying' hate crime attack
A man who carried out a hate crime assault on a Muslim woman, including pulling off her niqab in a crowded shopping centre, has been jailed today (3 July).
Peter Scotter, 56, had previously pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to one charge of religiously aggravated assault by beating and a further charge of religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and distress.
Today, Scotter was sentenced to 15 months in prison for the attack, which happened in Sunderland last summer. Religiously aggravated offences are viewed as hate crimes and they carry higher maximum penalties to reflect their severity.
Sharon Elves, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "This was a terrifying attack in which Scotter attacked a mother who was shopping with her nine-year-old son, subjecting them to an expletive-ridden torrent of racist abuse.
"It was identified as a hate crime from the outset and Scotter's sentence reflects the seriousness of his actions."