Tuesday, December 6, 2011
A gang of Muslim girls who repeatedly kicked a young woman in the head walked free from court after a judge heard they were not used to being drunk because of their religion
The group screamed kill the white slag while kicks raining in on 22-year-old Rhea Page as she lay motionless on the ground, the court heard. The attackers - three sisters and their cousin - were told by a judge that normally they would have been sent to jail. However, he handed the girls - all Somalian Muslims - suspended sentences after hearing that they were not used to alcohol because their religion does not allow it. Their victim was left with a bald patch after they pulled a chunk out of her hair during the attack on the High Street, Leicester. Ambaro and Hibo Maxamed, both 24, their sister Ayan, 28, and cousin Ifrah Nur, 28, attacked Rhea, a care worker, as she walked to a taxi rank with her boyfriend after a night out. The victim, a support worker, was left so traumatised that she lost her job following repeated absences with stress and flashbacks, Leciester Crown Court was told. The charge - assault occasioning actual bodily harm - carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. James Bide-Thomas, prosecuting, said Ambaro Maxamed, who started the violence, had called Page a white bitch during the incident. The women, who are all Somali Muslims, were not charged with racial aggravation. Seventeen months on from the attack, Page is still undergoing counselling and suffers from panic attacks and flashbacks. The group all admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm and received six month suspended sentences.