By Elham Asaad Buaras
A 46-year-old woman who repeatedly punched a Somali lady wearing a niqab in a racist attack has been fined and ordered to pay compensation.
Tracy Davies, of Charlton Lane, appeared at Bexley Magistrate’s Court on October 2, after being charged with racially aggravated common assault.
On June 29, the victim, a 55-year-old Somali woman, was shopping in Woolwich town centre with her daughter when Davies shouted racist remarks. She subsequently hit the victim and punched her several times.
Police officers on foot patrol in Woolwich arrived quickly on the scene and arrested Davies. A number of witnesses confirmed what Davies had done although she denied it when interviewed by officers.
Davies appeared at Bexley Magistrate’s Court on July 17 and pleaded not guilty.
In a statement to The Muslim News Superintendent Parm Sandhu, in charge of Greenwich Safer Neighbourhoods, said: “I am satisfied with the result of our investigation and happy that the victim was able to see Davies charged and taken to court. Davies’ racist and repugnant remarks were simply triggered by seeing a woman in a burka. June 2013 was a sensitive time for all residents in Woolwich – this attack was completely unprovoked and the result of sheer bigotry.”
Davies was ordered to pay a £150 fine, £100 compensation, and £105 to cover costs.