Ipswich man denies racially aggravated common assault

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: SIMON PARKER - Credit: Archant

An Ipswich mother-of four who allegedly had her hijab pulled away from her face by a man who called her a “Muslim terrorist” was left feeling “insulted and scared” as a result of the alleged incident, a court has heard.

Sabina Yasmin told a jury at Ipswich Crown Court that she was walking along Robeck Road in June last year after taking one of her children to school when a car driven by Bilal Icli screeched to a halt next to her.

She claimed that Icli had got out of the car and had allegedly called her a “Muslim terrorist” and pulled at her hijab.

She alleged that Icli had appeared angry and was shouting and swearing at her. “I felt very bad,” she said.

She said Icli had complained about her husband coughing in the garden and disturbing his family.

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She said she felt insulted and unsafe as a result of the alleged incident and had knocked on the door of a nearby house for help.

Cross-examined by Marc Brown for Icli the alleged victim denied she was wrong about him pulling her headscarf and calling her a “Muslim terrorist”.

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She denied that Icli had spoken to her before about her husband coughing and spitting in the garden.

She also denied that Icli and her husband had fallen out about money after Icli lent him £100 and he had taken two weeks to pay it back.

Icli, 36, of Robeck Road, Ipswich, has denied racially aggravated common assault on June 13.

Icli told police the alleged victim’s husband had been coughing and making disgusting noises in the garden and had put his family off their food.

He claimed he spoke to the alleged victim in a gentle voice and asked her to speak to her husband.

He denied touching her clothing or making offensive comments to her.

Giving evidence today (Friday) Sabina Yasmin’s husband, Juwel Ahmed told the court that following the alleged incident she had arrived home in a distressed state and told him that Icli had insulted her.

Mr Ahmed spoke to Icli shortly afterwards and claimed that Icli complained about him spitting and coughing in his garden and told him to do it inside his house.

The trial continues.

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