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Man, 55, ‘pulled a veil from a Muslim woman’s face before throwing it to the ground while shouting racist abuse in shopping centre’

  • Peter Scotter allegedly ripped a veil from a woman’s face in Sunderland
  • Scotter, 55, is accused of throwing the niqab on a shopping centre floor
  • His case will now be sent to crown court as the allegations are ‘so serious’ 

A man appeared in court today accused of ripping a veil from a Muslim woman’s face before throwing it on the floor of a busy shopping centre in an allegedly racist attack.

Peter Scotter, 55, is charged with racially aggravated common assault after allegedly attacking the woman who was waiting for her husband outside a shop with her nine-year-old son.

Scotter is accused of walking purposefully up to the woman and grabbing her niqab – leaving her face exposed to the public, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

The alleged assault left her with neck pain and caused her to almost fall forward as she waited inside The Bridges shopping centre in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, on July 3.

Scotter will now have his case heard before a crown court judge because the allegations are ‘so serious’.

Laura Lax, prosecuting, said the defendant is accused of shouting racist abuse during the incident which occurred at 3.30pm.

Police attended the scene and Scotter, of Sunderland, is also accused of causing PC Deborah Chayton alarm, harassment or distress, which was racially or religiously aggravated.

He did not enter pleas to the two charges he faced.

Chairman of the Bench Robert Dash said the magistrates declined jurisdiction.

He said: ‘We consider that the allegations are so serious we cannot deal with them.

‘We are going to therefore refer you to Newcastle Crown Court.’


Scotter, who was wearing jeans and a black polo shirt, had his left arm in a sling and will appear at Newcastle Crown Court at 10am on August 16.

He made a rude gesture to photographers when he arrived and left court and shouted at the media.

The alleged assault happened at a time when reports


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