Woman launched racist attack on African women after drinking binge

Cupar Sheriff Court
Court: Heard Ms Musa had her hijab pulled off in the attack.

A woman who launched a racist attack on an African woman after a four-day drinking binge has been jailed for more than two years.

Eileen Kennedy, 28, and 16-year-old Paige Bain assaulted Umaimi Musa, from Sudan, at Royston Road, Glasgow, on September 3.

The teenager also assaulted Ms Musa's Congolese friend Mary Marandran, then five months pregnant with her third child.

As the women were sitting in a playpark they heard the phrases "F****** black African" and "F*** brings you to this country?" from one of the two accused before they were set upon.

Procurator fiscal depute Mark Allan, prosecuting, told the court that Kennedy and Bain demanded Ms Musa's mobile phone and tried to grab it from 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 was pulled from her head and she was robbed of her mobile telephone."

The incident was captured on CCTV which was shown to the court and the camera operator alerted the police as the incident happened.

Kennedy and her then 15-year-old niece pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to racially assaulting 41-year-old Ms Musa to her injury. Kennedy also pled guilty to 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.

Passing a sentence of two years and six days, sheriff Kenneth Mitchell told Kennedy: "There is no place at all in a modern Scotland for this sort of behaviour."

Social work reports had been requested by the sheriff before passing sentence but Bain's was not ready. She will return to the dock in January to learn her fate.

Defence lawyer Marco Buonaccorsi told the court Kennedy had been on a four-day drinking binge on the days before the incident.