‘I can’t help it – I’m a racist’ – woman admits brutal hate crime outside Sunderland takeaway

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A SELF-CONFESSED racist hurled abuse at a man and viciously assaulted him – because he had parked his car on double-yellow lines when collecting a takeaway.

Kayleigh Hall had drunk two bottles of wine and several vodkas, as well as shots, when she carried out the unprovoked attack on Morteza Montazer in Sunderland city centre on July 22.

Sunderland magistrates were told how drunken Hall, 25, was so enraged by his parking outside the Hot Line takeaway in Derwent Street that she shouted racial abuse.

She then slapped him on the back of the head before headbutting him in the face, the court heard.

Hall, of Wear Street, Seaham, has been told that she could face a prison sentence after pleading guilty to racially aggravated common assault. “This is a fully admitted hate crime,” prosecutor Janice Bellamy said.

Hall had shouted expletives at Mr Montazer, adding: “You are from Turkey – you don’t know the law here”.

A member of staff from the takeaway dragged Hall away from the victim, and she continued to shout as she walked off.

Mr Montazer suffered “immense pain” to his nose and said that he intended to visit hospital.

“It was a racially motivated assault that was totally unprovoked,” Ms Bellamy added.

When asked by police what had happened, Hall replied: “Obviously I headbutted him. I can’t help it – I’m racist.”

Ms Bellamy said: “She couldn’t give any reason as to why she headbutted the male, but said she tends to headbutt people, especially when she drinks wine.”

She also admitted telling Mr Montazer: “If you are going to come into our country, speak the Queen’s language.”

Anna Haq, mitigating, said: “This is the first time Miss Hall has been in court.

“She does work, and it seems to be out of character, but this is disputed in the police interview. But she accepts she said this, and she has pleaded guilty.

“She had been in a relationship. It had ended that particular day. She has gone out and had too much to drink.”

District judge Roger Elsey deferred sentencing to September 17 but warned her she could be jailed.

He said: “You understand that such a serious offence has to be punished, and the range of punishment will include the possibility of imprisonment.”