Muslim mum knocked unconscious in "degrading" racist attack at McDonald’s

A Muslim mother was knocked unconscious in front of her terrified young children in an "utterly degrading" racist attack at McDonald’s, a court heard.

Kellie Cooke, 33, told Hamman Hamood to ‘go back to your own country’ and tried to pull of her headscarf, a court heard.

A court was told that Cooke even shouted at the victim’s four kids, one of who later told officers: "Mummy was sleeping on the floor".

Cooke had mocked Mrs Hamood’s accent before hurling racist abuse at her then knocking her to the floor, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Mum-of-three Cooke, of Fairfield, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault and a racially aggravated public order offence at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court today.

Melanie Tomlinson, prosecuting, told the court Mrs Hamood, 34, was buying a meal for her family in the Kensington branch of the restaurant at around 8.20pm on March 27, when she encountered Cooke.

She said: “As Mrs Hamood waited at the counter to order her food she became aware of the defendant laughing.

“The defendant asked the complainant what a Frappucino was. The complainant pointed at a photo to show her, and the defendant continued to laugh and mock the way the complainant spoke.

“(Cooke) turned to members of staff and said ‘she doesn’t know what she’s saying’. She then said ‘go back to your own country, you shouldn’t wear that scarf in this country’, and ‘why are you not wearing a full face covering, f*** you’.”

The court heard Cooke became extremely aggressive and started shouting at Mrs Hamood’s four young children.

The victim phoned her husband for help but as she put the phone down Cooke tried to grab her headscarf.

Ms Tomlinson said: “The next thing she can remember is waking up dazed.”

The court was told a witness flagged down a passing police community support officer who entered the restaurant and found Cooke hurling racist insults.

Cooke was arrested and later admitted the offence, but could offer no explanation.

Matthew O’Neill, defending, said his client had no previous convictions and the incident was “out of character.”

District Judge Wendy Lloyd, told Cooke she needed a pre-sentence report before passing sentence.

She said: “This must have been extremely frightening for these victims. As well as frightening, it was utterly degrading for her and her children who were no doubt going out for what they thought would be a lovely meal.”

Judge Lloyd adjourned the case until May 17 for a report to be prepared by the Probation Service, but told Cooke she could still commit it to the Crown Court for harsher punishment.

She said: “I’m not making any promises, imprisonment is certainly in no way being ruled out.”

Cooke was released on bail with conditions not to contact the victim.

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