Drunk mums’ racist brick attack on Indian takeaway

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TWO Wearside mums hurled bricks at a takeaway in a booze-fuelled racial attack.

Nichola Burney and Lyndzee Francis have been given suspended sentences for their actions.

Lyndzee Francis pictured after leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court.

Lyndzee Francis pictured after leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court.

The pair had been on an all-day drinking session in Shiney Row and Houghton when they entered Milan Tandoori in Easington Lane, on March 1.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard that they went into the Indian takeaway, in High Street, at about 5.30pm.

Intending to purchase a soft drink, they fell asleep and were asked to leave by staff.

An argument ensued when a worker allegedly made a sexual-related comment to Francis as she bent down.

Nichola Burney pictured leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court.

Nichola Burney pictured leaving Sunderland Magistrates Court.

The women reacted angrily, throwing menus around the shop and shouting at staff.

The court was told that a member of staff at the restaurant went out into the street and threw an egg, which hit Burney on the back of the head.

Both women went to nearby wasteground and picked up bricks before returning to the shop.

“Both carrying bricks, they threw them at the window,” said prosecutor Paul Anderson.

“Police officers saw them shouting racist abuse as they arrived at the scene.

“They were then arrested and when Nichola Burney was interviewed she admitted making racist comments, but denied being a racist.”

Hundreds of pounds of damage was caused to both the windows and front door of the curry house.

Burney, 23, of Byron Terrace, and Francis, 32, of Graswell Terrace, both Houghton, had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage and racially aggravated intentional harassment at a hearing last month.

George Tilly, defending, said a custodial sentence could affect the wellbeing of both women’s young children.

“Both girls felt there was a certain level of provocation,” he added. “There is a certain level of remorse from both of them.

“They are disgusted at how they have behaved, particularly Ms Burney as she has an Indian boyfriend.

“They don’t drink that often, but when they do, they binge drink.”

Chairman of the bench Keith Emmerson sentenced both Burney and Francis to 19 weeks in custody, suspended for 12 months, with 12 months’ supervision.

They were also ordered to pay £200 in compensation each and a victim surcharge of £80 each.