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Schoolgirls trigger Islamophobic attack on a mother and daughter

28th Apr 2017
Schoolgirls trigger Islamophobic attack on a mother and daughter

Paul Anderson and Joanna Farrer were found guilty of racially aggravated assault (Photo: Metropolitan police)

Nadine Osman

A 12-year-old girl launched a brutal Islamophobic attack on a Muslim mother and her daughter that left one of her victims too scared to leave her house. The schoolgirl, who is now 13, and cannot be identified and her accomplices Paul Anderson, 37, and Joanna Farrer, 38, were found guilty of racially aggravated assault after targeting their victims in Eltham Hill, south-east London on April 13.

A fight broke out after the youngster abused and swore at the 42-year-old Muslim mother, who was waiting for her 23-year-old daughter to collect her at 8 pm on May 5 last year. When her daughter confronted the child, she launched a tirade of racial abuse and kicked the woman in the stomach – pulling her hair.

She then grabbed hold of her top and ripped it before punching the victim in the face.The injured woman backed away and called the police, but the teen soon returned with
Anderson, Farrer and another unidentified woman.

Anderson punched the mother in the face, causing her to fall to the ground – while one of the women tried to rip away her headscarf. He then turned on the daughter – hitting her on the nose and kicking repeatedly once she fell on the ground.

The vicious attack only ended after the desperate mother managed to flag down a passing ambulance causing the thugs to flee.

The suspects were identified with the help of a taxi driver who witnessed the assault. Following the trial at Woolwich Crown Court, Anderson, from Brockley, and Farrer, from Eltham, and the girl, were found guilty of two counts of religiously aggravated actual bodily harm.

Anderson was jailed for three years and four months and ordered to pay £2,000 compensation to the victims. Farrer will be sentenced on April 21, while the schoolgirl will be sentenced at Bromley Youth Court on a date to be set.

In a statement to The Muslim News Detective Inspector Melanie Pressley, of Greenwich Community Safety Unit, said the “brutal and completely unnecessary attack” would have continued had one of the victims not flag down an ambulance.

She added, “I am delighted we have been able to secure these convictions due to an excellent investigation by Detective Constable Nwosu and show that hate crime will not be tolerated in our community and we will seek out and bring offenders before the courts. It is shocking that the instigator of this attack was just 12 years old and I hope having a conviction to her name at such a young age will be a wake-up call and encourage her to change her ways.”

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