Rezzas Abdulla (below) left little Layla-Jean, who was just nine months old and in her stroller, covered in saliva after the shocking street attack in South Shields last January. The baby’s mother, hairdresser Rebecca Telford, 25, was out walking with the baby when this Muslim vermin approached without warning.
UK Daily Mail (h/t Sasson B) Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court: ‘He leaned into the baby stroller and spat into the face of her daughter. ‘As he did so, he shouted or said “white people shouldn’t breed”.’
The court heard that when the baby’s stunned mother (below) confronted Abdulla, he told her to ‘shut the f*** up’ and walked off. Miss Dowling told the court the spit was ‘sprayed around’ the baby’s face and a shocked passer by gave her a tissue to clean up.
Abdulla, 33, who has two previous convictions for race-hate attacks on white women, was later tracked down through CCTV. He was convicted of racially aggravated common assault after a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, which he did not attend.
In a victim impact statement Rebecca told the police: ‘I am completely disgusted and distressed that a grown man, regardless of race or religion, would spit on a defenceless baby in a completely unprovoked attack.
The court heard Layla-Jeam, now almost two, was taken to the doctor after the attack for tests. ‘Layla Jean was just nine months old. She did not have a clue what was going on, but she was still distressed.’ Ms Telford added: ‘I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was a lone female and an easy target.’
Sentencing him, Recorder Darren Preston said: “There is something viscerally horrible and disgusting about spitting at someone, particularly in the face and to do so to a baby was particularly disgusting, let alone, to make things even worse, when your motivation for doing so is racial hatred.
In spite of that, Abdulla was sentenced to ONLY eight months imprisonment, SUSPENDED for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment requirements. The judge said ‘society in general’ would be better served by Abdulla being allowed to continue his psychiatric treatment programme.
Ms Telford said ‘I am not racist at all but I honestly think if it was the other way round and I had been abusive towards him, then I would have been treated differently.