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UK: Man spits in 9-month-old baby's face, shouts 'white people shouldn't breed'

Published Feb 22, 2017, 1:27 pm IST
Updated Feb 22, 2017, 2:02 pm IST
The mother said that the accused spat on the baby because they are white, she was a lone female and an easy target.
(Photo: Pixabay/Representational)
 (Photo: Pixabay/Representational)

England: A man from England's South Shields town spat on a nine-month-old baby's face and shouted at her mother, saying "white people shouldn’t breed".

According to a report in Mirror, Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday heard the mother, 25-year old Rebecca Telford, who said that he leaned into the pushchair of her baby girl Layla-Jean and spat on her face.


The accused, 33-year-old Rezzas Abdulla, has previous records of racial and hate attacks. He was previously convicted by Tyneside Magistrates' Court for racial and hate attacks on white females that were tracked on CCTV.

He spat on Jean's face because they are white and she was a alone and and an easy target

"I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was a lone female and an easy target", Rebecca said.

Prosecutor Emma Dowling said that the spit was ‘sprayed around’ the baby's face and a shocked passer-by gave her a tissue to clean up. "As he did so, he shouted or said 'white people shouldn't breed' then walked off", she added.


Rebecca was too shocked to take a picture of the attacker as he walked away.

Abdulla's two previous convictions for attacks on white females have been tracked down through CCTV.

After the attack, Layla-Jean, who is now almost two years old, was taken to the doctor and tested for TB. Luckily, she did not have to take the vaccine but the mother was stressed about it.

The judge Recorder Darren Preston, referred to Abdulla's previous convictions and told him: "You have got a problem, it seems to me, with white women."

Between July and September 2016, Abdulla received psychiatric treatment in hospital, which has continued after his release into the community. The judge said Abdulla's deteriorating mental health at the time of the attack contributed towards the offence.


Abdulla was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment requirements.

The judge said "society in general" would be better served by Abdulla being allowed to continue his psychiatric treatment programme.

Vic Laffey, defending, said medical evidence shows Abdulla's mental health was deteriorating in the six months leading to his hospital admission with schizophrenia in summer 2016. He now receives anti-psychotic treatment in the community.

Rebecca posted about the attack on Facebook and it was shared more than 3,000 times."I must stress I'm not trying to instigate any hate against Muslims or the Islamic community, this was obviously an isolated attack by one man (this man) not the entire religion”, she said.