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, lent 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 defenceless baby in a completely