Woman fined for assaulting burka-wearer in Woolwich

A woman who assaulted another woman wearing a burka in Woolwich town centre has been ordered to pay a fine and compensation.

Tracy Davies, 46, of Charlton Lane, SE7 appeared at Bexley Magistrates' Court on 2nd October 2013, after being charged with racially aggravated common assault.

On June 29, the victim, a 55-year-old Somali woman was shopping in Woolwich town centre with her daughter when Davies shouted racist remarks. She subsequently hit the victim and punched her several times.

Police officers on foot patrol in Woolwich arrived quickly on the scene and arrested Davies. A number of witnesses confirmed what Davies had done although she denied it when interviewed by officers.

Davies appeared at Bexley Magistrates' Court on July 17 and pleaded not guilty.

The court ordered Davies to pay a £150 fine, £100 compensation, and £105 to cover costs.

Superintendent Parm Sandhu, in charge of Greenwich Safer Neighbourhoods said: “I am satisfied with the result of our investigation and happy that the victim was able to see Davies charged and taken to court. Davies’ racist and repugnant remarks were simply triggered by seeing a woman in a burka. June 2013 was a sensitive time for all residents in Woolwich – this attack was completely unprovoked and the result of sheer bigotry.”

She added: “Those who were shopping in Woolwich at the time of the incident immediately came to the rescue of the victim and assisted police by providing witness statements. We thank them for their assistance.”

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