Man who pulled niqab off woman to be sentenced next month

Peter Scotter. Credit: PA

A man whoo pulled a veil from a Muslim woman's face in the days after Brexit should learn his fate next month.

Peter Scotter targeted the woman, who was with her nine-year son at the Bridge's shopping centre in Sunderland city centre, on July 3rd last year.

The 55-year-old approached his victim, who was waiting outside one of the stores for her husband, reached out and grabbed her niqab veil, pulled it off and threw it on the ground.

He also shouted expletives and racist abuse at the woman.

At Newcastle Crown Court in February Scotter pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault by beating in relation to the woman.

Scotter, of Beach Street, Roker, Sunderland, also admitted a charge of racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress.

The court heard both offences were based on Scotter's assumption that the woman was a member of a particular religious group, namely Islam.

Scotter's case has been repeatedly adjourned since his guilty plea following his cancer diagnosis and treatment.

He attended court today, Tuesday, where the hearing was delayed again until June.

Judge Stephen Earl ordered an up to date position on the victim's views and medical evidence on the prognosis for Scotter, who awaits further results and hospital appointments.

Judge Earl ordered that Scotter will be sentenced on June 14th.