Glasgow & West Scotland

Woman jailed over racist assault in Glasgow play park

Eileen Kennedy
Image caption Kennedy was told her conduct had been "wholly unacceptable"

A woman who carried out a racial attack in Glasgow with her teenage niece has been jailed for two years and six days.

Eileen Kennedy, 28, and 16-year-old Paige Bain admitted assaulted Umaimi Musa in Royston Road on 3 September.

Bain also admitted assaulting Ms Musa's friend, Mary Marandran, who was then five months pregnant.

Kennedy was jailed at Glasgow Sheriff Court after being told her conduct was "wholly unacceptable". Sentence on Bain was deferred for background reports.

The court heard how Ms Musa, from Darfur, Sudan and Mrs Marandran, from the Congo, were sitting on a bench in a play park when they heard racist phrases.

Procurator fiscal depute Mark Allan, prosecuting, said: "The second named accused, Bain, repeatedly punched the then pregnant Mrs Marandran on her head and pushed her."

Repeatedly punched

He told the court that both accused demanded Ms Musa's mobile phone and tried to grab it off her after she told them she was going to phone the police.

Mr Allan said she was punched on the head which caused her to fall to the ground.

He added: "Once on the ground, she was repeatedly punched on her head and body, her hijab or headscarf as she can be seen wearing during the course of this incident was pulled from her head and she was robbed of her mobile telephone."

Image caption Bain admitted carrying out racist attacks on both women

"Police officers were directed to the scene by those operating the CCTV."

Both Mrs Marandran and Ms Musa were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to be checked.

Ms Musa had a bruised left cheek, a grazed knee and a sore neck.

Mrs Marandran suffered no damage to her unborn child but had some muscular pain.

Kennedy and her then 15-year-old niece pleaded guilty to racially assaulting 41-year-old Ms Musa to her injury.

Kennedy also admitted resisting arrest and claiming she had an infection before spitting on a police officer.

Bain admitted the racially aggravated assault on Mrs Marandran, 40, by repeatedly punching her on the head and pushing her to her injury.

'Serious matter'

Jailing Kennedy, Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell told her: "There is no place at all in a modern Scotland for this sort of behaviour."

"This is a very serious matter, your conduct was wholly unacceptable, and conduct of this sort can only result in a custodial sentence.

"You joined in a sustained attack upon this lady and robbed her of her mobile phone."

Social work reports had been requested by the sheriff before passing sentence but Bain's was not ready. She will be sentenced next month.