A gang of four Muslim girls walked free from jail after they racially attacked a young woman in Leicester. The gang made up of three sisters, Hibo and Ambaro Maxamed (both 24) and older sister Ayan Maxamad and their cousin Ifrah Nur, 28, kicked Rhea Page to the ground screaming “kill the white slag” and calling her a “white bitch” until she was left unconscious on the ground.
Leicester Crown Court heard how the four women approached 22-year-old Page and her partner as they walked towards a taxi rank after a night out.
I had gone for a drink after work and then I met my boyfriend for a couple more before heading home…. We went to get a taxi and all of a sudden I heard these women shouting abuse at me… We were just minding our own business but they kept shouting “white bitch” and “white slag” at me… When I turned around one of them grabbed my hair – she literally wrapped her fingers in my hair – then threw me on the ground. That’s when they started kicking me… They were taking turns to kick me in the head and back over and over. I was lying on the ground the whole time, crying and screaming. I thought they were going to kill me…. I had a bald patch on my head where they had yanked my hair out and I was black and blue all over… I honestly think they attacked me just because I was white. I can’t think of any other reason.
The charge- assault occasioning actual bodily harm -carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, however despite all four girls admitting to the charge they only received a six month suspended sentence each. Hibo Maxamed received a four month curfew between 9pm and 6am. The others were ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. Defence Gary Short said
Although Miss Page’s partner used violence, it doesn’t justify their behaviour. They’re Somalian Muslims and alcohol or drugs isn’t something they’re used to.
Judge Robert Brown told them
Those who knock someone to the floor and kick them in the head can expect to go inside, but I’m going to suspend the sentence.
The judge also said he accepted the women may have felt they were the victims of unreasonable force from Rhea’s boyfriend Lewis Moore, 23, who tried to defend her.
The shocking attack was caught on tape and Rhea is still struggling to come to terms with what happened, she said of her attacker’s punishment
It’s no punishment at all and sends out a message that it’s okay to do that to someone. The attack has had a devastating affect on my life and they have just been allowed to get away with it.