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Thug punched Muslim nurse on way to treat patient and ripped her hijab off in vile attack

A VILE racist yob tore off a Muslim nurse's hijab and tightened it round her neck in an unprovoked street attack.

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THUG: Jake Hammersley punched a Muslim nurse and ripped off her hijab

Sick Jake Hammersley, 25, yanked the headscarf down and repeatedly punched the defenceless woman in the face.

His attack sparked a mass brawl moments later between his pack of yobs and a group of Asian men in Normacot, Stoke-on-Trent.

The 29-year-old victim suffered a two-inch cut to her nose and a large mark on her neck in the assault on August 27 last year.

She had been on the way to treat one of her patients.

Hammersley, of Longton, Stoke-on-Trent, was jailed for 40 weeks at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court.

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UNPROVOKED: The victim suffered a two-inch cut to her nose and a large mark on her neck

“The defendant shouted in her face 'f**k off and f**k your mum'”

Prosecutor Caroline Harris

He had admitted religiously aggravated common assault, assault by beating, and causing racially aggravated fear or provocation of violence.

Judge Paul Glenn said: "You took the headscarf and pulled it around her neck and when she defended herself you punched her in the face.

"She ran to her brother's house – she was upset, crying, and shaken up.

"I have also watched some footage and one wouldn't like to be a police officer dealing with the likes of you."

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SENTENCE: Hammersley was jailed for 40 weeks at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court

Prosecutor Caroline Harris said: "The defendant shouted in her face 'f**k off and f**k your mum'.

"There were three other young men and she said if they didn't leave her alone she would call her son.

"One of the group grabbed her phone and put it on the car."

Hammersley pulled down her headscarf to neck level and tightened it.

Mrs Harris said: "She was punched to the face and shouted for help, while three of the men ran away.

"At about this point her nephew came out and she ran to her brother's house.

"She also saw a group of 12 men carrying sticks and bricks and the group started fighting.

"Bricks were thrown and people were hitting out with sticks.

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ATTACK: The victim had been on the way to treat one of her patients

"The complainant's group armed themselves to dissuade others from attending.

Police arrived with footage played in court showing officers separating Hammersley from a group of Asian men in an alleyway.

Mrs Harris added: "The defendant was identified and was also described as the ringleader.

"He was interviewed and gave 'no comment'."

The court heard Hammersley had 29 previous convictions.

Robert Smith, defending, said: "At the time of this offence he was living a chaotic lifestyle.

"He had no job and was relying on the goodwill of friends and family for accommodation, money and food.

"On the night he was not the only one acting in a manner to breach the peace and he was unfortunate enough to be the only one charged."

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