A man has been spared jail after he spat in a nine-month-old baby’s face and shouted ‘white people shouldn’t breed’. Rezzas Abdulla targeted Layla-Jean in her pushchair last January in South Shields while she was out with her mother, Rebecca Telford.
He approached without warning, leant into the pushchair and spat. Prosecutor Emma Dowling told the court that he then made his racist comment before walking off.
When Rebecca confronted him he told her to ‘shut the f*** up’ then walked off.
Abdulla, who has two previous convictions for race-hate attacks on white females, was later tracked down through CCTV.
Abdulla, from South Shields, was convicted of racially aggravated common assault after a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, which he did not attend.
In a victim impact statement, Rebecca told the police: ‘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.
‘If he had just walked by I would not have even noticed him, there was no eye contact and no words had been exchanged. I had never seen him before.’
He was given eight months suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment requirements.
The court heard that Layla-Jeam, now almost two, was taken to the doctor after the attack for tests amid fears she could have contracted TB.
Rebecca added: ‘I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was a lone female and an easy target.’
Mr. Recorder Darren Preston told Abdulla: ‘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.’
The judge referred to Abdulla’s previous convictions and told him: ‘You have got a problem, it seems to me, with white women.’