Apology for 'Mean' Hijab Offence

November 2, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News


A 21-year-old man who pulled a head scarf - or hijab - from the head of a Muslim woman has publicly apologised.

Damien French, 21, of Rhyl, was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and sent on probation service courses at Mold Crown Court.

He admitted racially aggravated common assault and public order offences, and said he was genuinely sorry.

Recorder Robert Trevor-Jones told him it was deplorable, despicable and "mean in the extreme".

French made a public apology to all he had offended over the years, said he was ashamed of his past and would like to say sorry face-to-face to Shahenna Hussain, 23.