A man went on a racist tirade, spitting in a baby’s face and shouting, “white people shouldn’t breed.”
Rezzas Abdulla approached Rebecca Telford and her baby while they were out for a walk and began attacking them, immediately spitting in the baby’s face.
“As he did so, he shouted or said ‘white people shouldn’t breed’ then walked
off,” prosecutor Emma Dowling said in court. Telford confronted Abdulla as he walked away, prompting him to tell her to “shut the f**k up.”
“I am completely disgusted and distressed that a grown man, regardless of race or religion, would spit on a [defenseless] baby in a completely unprovoked attack,” Telford said in a victim statement, Mirror reported.
“I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was alone female and an easy target.”
“There is something viscerally horrible and disgusting about spitting at someone, particularly in the face and to do so to a baby was particularly disgusting, let alone to make things even worse when your motivation for doing so is racial hatred,” recorder Darren Preston told Abdulla.
Telford said the police were extremely helpful in the situation.
“I wasn’t sure if the police would take what had happened seriously, because it wasn’t physically violent, but they were fantastic, and managed to catch him within a few days,” she said.
In a Facebook post about the attack, Telford clarified that she wasn’t attempting to generalize Muslims in her feelings about the incident.
“This post is just for awareness of this man,” she wrote. “I must stress I’m not trying to instigate any hate against Muslims or the Islamic community, this was obviously a isolated attack by one man (this man) not the entire religion.”
The story quickly went viral, with many readers criticizing the man for his racially fueled attack.
“Keep pushing Muslim and someone will eventually end you by a gun or knive etc…I think the sentence is ridiculous and the child did not get justice in my opinion. Mom stop being hysterical and kick the guy that is attacking your child in the you know what and keep kicking him all the while yelling for help,” one Mad World News reader commented on the site’s Facebook page.
“When he leaned down in front of my child I would promise he wouldn’t be standing back up,” another added.
“This type of evil should be deported. Any crime committed by these evil creatures should come with a deportation not jail time why should we feed them. Send them back were THEY belong,” another reader wrote.
Sources: Mirror, Mad World News/Facebook / Photo credit: United States Federal Government via Wikimedia Commons, Mirror