Bradford woman jailed after racially aggravated assault

A Bradford woman has been jailed for 20 months after assaulting a Muslim woman and pulling off her hijab at Bradford’s Kirkgate Market.

Ellie Burns, 21, of Roundwood Glen, Ravenscliffe, Bradford, attacked two female shoppers in a racially aggravated assault after they complained a song she was singing was racist.

Bradford Crown Court heard that Burns retaliated by spitting at one woman and pulling her hair, as well as punching her and pulling off her hijab. The second woman was slapped and pushed over.

Addressing the court, prosecutor Giles Bridge said both women were left deeply distressed by the incident.

A responding officer was also assaulted by Burns after she scratched and nipped them.

The court heard that the attacks took place 25 days after she received a 15-month suspended prison sentence for drink and drug fuelled attacks on a taxi driver and five police officers.

Judge Durham Hall activated ten months of the suspended sentence and jailed Burns for a total of ten months for the new offences, with the sentences to run consecutively.

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