A 39-year-old Muslim mother who was racially attacked by a man who forcefully pulled off her face veil has pleaded for the thug not to be sent to jail.
The woman was waiting with her nine-year-old daughter when Peter Scotter approached her and pulled off her face veil while shouting “Here, take that…off, you are in our country now, you stupid… Muslim.”
Scotter was also heard shouting “Our Britain, you live by our ******* rules”.
He has admitted racially aggravated assault and has 66 previous convictions for 157 offences, including actual bodily harm, breaching a Football Banning Order and racially aggravated criminal damage.
The unprovoked attack almost threw her to the ground causing her injury to her neck.
The woman has since said she feels scared to leave her home as she fears it will happen again.
“I don’t feel safe any more when I go out. Sometimes I ask my husband to walk ahead of me because I’m so worried that it will happen again and I feel I need him to protect me.” She said.
But in a remarkable show of forgiveness towards her attacker, the mother of four said she wants him to be freed after hearing he was suffering from cancer.
She said: “I did not realise that the man had cancer, I don’t want him to go to prison.
“I would like the judge to bear that in mind when he does sentence him.
She also went on to say she is not seeking revenge and just wants Scotter to be free so he could live his life in peace and tolerance.
She said: “He did a bad thing in anger, I don’t know why he chose to do what he did to me, it hurt and frightened me but I don’t seek any kind of revenge for that.”
“I don’t want him to suffer, I would like him to be free to live the rest of his life in peace and tolerance, not in anger and bitterness.
She hopes everyone can stop the hatred and ‘chill’:
“Perhaps that is something everyone who shows anger and resentment towards Muslim people in Britain could learn to do – maybe everyone could stop the hatred and chill.”
Speaking about her face veil, she says she wears it out of her own free choice:
“It is my own choice, it is not something that was thrust onto me and it is not something I will push onto my daughters.”
“I accept other people’s choices and I hoped others would accept mine.”
The mother-of-four wants to make ‘a positive difference in the world’:
“People need to look at themselves and think ‘I want to show love and not be hateful, I want to be the kind of person who makes a positive difference in this world.’”