Woman jailed after racist attack and pulling hijab off

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BRADFORD: A former care assistant has been jailed for 20 months after punching a woman and pulling off her hijab in a racially aggravated assault in Bradford’s Kirkgate Market. Ellie Burns attacked two female shoppers on April 29 after they complained that a song she was singing was racist.

Burns spat at the first victim and pulled her hair, as well as punching her and pulling off her hijab. A second young woman was slapped and pushed over, prosecutor Giles Bridge told Bradford Crown Court, the Asian Image has reported. He said both women were left deeply distressed by the incident.

Burns then assaulted a police officer called to the scene by scratching and nipping him. Burns, 21, of Roundwood Glen, Ravenscliffe, Bradford, committed the offences 25 days after receiving a suspended prison sentence for vodka and cocaine-fuelled attacks on a taxi driver and five police officers.

She was bailed and on June 28, she assaulted two police officers called to an incident in Ravenscliffe just after 9.30pm. She spat at an officer and kicked a police vehicle door, slamming it on another officer’s legs.

On bail again, Burns committed a third set of offences on July 10 and 11 by assaulting three more police officers following a fight in Valley Road, Shipley.

Burns became aggressive at the scene, trying to open the door of a police vehicle to let out a man who had been detained. She kicked and punched arresting officers and threatened to break an officer’s nose with her handcuffs.

Burns pleaded guilty to two offences of racially aggravated common assault and six offences of assaulting a police officer. On April 4, she was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, for a racially aggravated assault on a taxi driver, racially aggravated harassment, theft and assaulting five police officers, in April and January last year.

The court heard that Burns hurled racist abuse at the taxi driver and punched him in the face, causing bruising and a cut to his eye.