Racist abuse hurled at two Muslims on train to Sheffield

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A POLISH woman launched a racist attack on two young Muslim women wearing hijab headscarves on a train, a court heard.

Beata Jopek shouted at the two women: “Go back to your own country, no-one wants you here, you are disgusting.”

The women were left ‘fearing for their safety’.

Jopek, aged 30, who was pregnant, then ripped the headscarf from one of the women.

The drunken tirade ended with Jopek and her partner Maciej Matysniak, 32, were arrested for their behaviour towards Hana Farah and Ithil Ibrahim.

Jopek was spared prison after her victims said they would rather the couple recognised what they did was wrong than be jailed.

Jim Baird, prosecuting at Sheffield Crown Court said the women were travelling on the 9.30pm train from Leeds to Sheffield, but 15 minutes into their journey Matysniak approached and swore, claiming they were talking too loudly.

Mr Baird said the two Muslim women felt frightened and intimidated by Matysniak, who was drunk.

One of the victims asked him to leave them alone, but Jopek, who was also drunk, got to her feet and swore at the pair saying: “Don’t talk to him like that, he’s only telling the truth.”

Mr Baird said Jopek then launched her racist tirade.

The court heard Jopek approached the women as the train approached Barnsley station and sat down, making references to her headscarf and swore as she told her to take it off.

She grabbed at the hijab, pulling the woman’s hair and the scarf came off.

Police escorted Jopek and Matysniak off the train at Barnsley, but they were too drunk to be interviewed.

Jopek, of Newton Street, Barnsley. admitted racially-aggravated common assault and Matysniak, of the same address, admitted threatening behaviour.

Heidi Cotton, for Jopek, said she had drunk half a bottle of vodka, despite being pregnant.

Ian West, for Matysniak, said his actions were not racially motivated.

Judge Michael Murphy told the Poles: “This was disgraceful violence.”

Jopek was given three months’ jail, suspended for 12 months, and 120 hours of unpaid community work.

Matysniak was handed a 12-month community order and 80 hours of unpaid work.