A DIS­GRACE So­ma­lian girl gang spared jail as judge hears Mus­lims ‘not used to be­ing drunk’

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By SHARON BAKER

This case sick­ens the soul.

It’s yet an­other ex­am­ple of drunken hooli­gans es­cap­ing jus­tice and be­ing let off with a sus­pended sen­tence.

But, in some ways, this is worse.

Imag­ine if this was a case of four drunken white women A FERAL gang of Mus­lim girls who re­peat­edly kicked a young wo­man in the head walked free from court af­ter a judge heard they were “not used to be­ing drunk.”

The four girls – three sis­ters and their cousin – were told the charge of ac­tual bod­ily harm, which car­ries a max­i­mum sen­tence of five years, against 22-year-old care worker Rhea Page would nor­mally land them in cus­tody.

How­ever, the judge handed the girls sus­pended sen­tences af­ter hear­ing that they were not used to al­co­hol be­cause their re­li­gion does not al­low it.

Vic­tim Rhea said Am­baro Max­amed, 24, Ayan Max­amed, 28, and Hibo Max­amed, 24, and their 28-yearold cousin Ifrah Nur screamed “Kill the white slag” while kick­ing her in the head as she lay on the ground.

The sup­port worker, from Le­ices­ter, was left “black and blue” and needed hos­pi­tal treat­ment fol­low­ing the at­tack, which came as she walked to a taxi rank with her boyfriend.

Rhea was left so trau­ma­tised that she lost her job due to re­peated ab­sences with stress and flash­backs.

The cou­ple had been walk­ing home af­ter a night out when the drunken women at­tacked her, knock­ing her to the ground and tak­ing turns to kick her in the head.

She said: “I had gone for a drink af­ter work and then met my boyfriend for a cou­ple more be­fore head­ing home. We didn’t want to stay out too late so we went to get a taxi, and sud­denly these women shouted abuse at me.

“We were just mind­ing our own busi­ness but they kept shout­ing ‘white bitch’ and ‘white slag’ at me.

“They were tak­ing turns to kick me in the head and back. It was ter­ri­fy­ing. I thought they’d kill me.

“Even­tu­ally the po­lice came but it felt like ages. I hon­estly think they at­tacked me be­cause I was white.”

At Le­ices­ter Crown Court the women all ad­mit­ted ac­tual bod­ily harm and re­ceived six-month jail sen­tences, sus­pended a year.

CCTV footage of the as­sault in June last year was shown in court.

The de­fence said the at­tack was down to al­co­hol, say­ing, “They’re So­ma­lian Mus­lims and al­co­hol isn’t some­thing they’re used to.”

But Rhea la­belled the sen­tence “dis­gust­ing”, adding: “It’s no pun­ish­ment at all and sends out a mes­sage that it’s okay to do that to some­one.”

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