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Mother spared prison term after Manchester racist attack

A judge has given a "last chance" to a mother behind a "horrifying" racist attack on an Asian man in Manchester.

Amanda Lowe, 26, from Rochdale Road, Blackley, admitted racially abusing, kicking and stamping on the head of Khumar Nisar in the attack in Piccadilly Gardens in May.

She was given a 12-month community order at Manchester Crown Court.

Judge Lindsey Kushner QC said the attack, which was witnessed by Lowe's children, had been "irresponsible".

Wesley Earls, 26, of Old Market Street in Blackley, and Daniel Wray, 21, of Ludlow Avenue in Swinton, each admitted a charge of causing actual bodily harm in relation to the incident.

Both were given 12-month community orders.

Cuts and bruises

The court was shown CCTV footage of the attack, which began after Lowe, who was drinking with friends, shouted racist abuse at Mr Nisar.

The court then heard that Mr Nisar was punched by Earls after he told his attacker to "control his woman", before Wray and Lowe then joined in the assault.

Wray was seen to punch Mr Nisar in the head, before Lowe kicked and stamped on him while he was on the ground.

She was then seen returning to her three children, who had watched the assault take place.

Mr Nisar suffered cuts and bruises to his head and body.

'Think yourselves lucky'

Judge Kushner said all three defendants could "think yourselves lucky" that she had not handed them custodial sentences.

She said Lowe, who admitted one charge of racially aggravated assault occasioning bodily harm, had been "drunk in charge of a child", which was "disgraceful", "irresponsible" and "in itself a criminal offence".

Addressing Lowe, she said she could not "emphasise strongly enough [that] kids who have mothers who behave like you end up behaving like you".

She said Lowe had escaped a prison term because of her children and that because hers was the most serious offence, it would have been "unfair" to jail Earls and Wray for less serious offences.

She added that the sentences represented their "last chance" and if they offended again, they would be sent to prison.

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