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Paige Bain, 16, has racist attack jail term overturned

Paige Bain and Eileen Kennedy
Image caption Bain and Kennedy admitted carrying out the racist attack

A teenager who carried out a racial attack in Glasgow with her aunt has had her jail term overturned on appeal.

Paige Bain, 16, and 28-year-old Eileen Kennedy admitted assaulting Umaimi Musa in Royston Road on 3 September 2012.

Bain also admitted assaulting Ms Musa's friend who was pregnant at the time.

Appeal judges overturned her 980 day jail term on the grounds of her age, lack of offending and because she was with an older relative. Bain will now carry out a community payback order.

The conditions are that she will be supervised for two years and must carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Racist phrases

At Glasgow Sheriff Court in December, Kennedy was jailed for two years and six days for her part in the attack. Her niece was jailed at the same court in January.

The court heard how Ms Musa, from Darfur, Sudan, and her friend Mary Marandran, from the Congo, were sitting on a bench in a play park when they heard racist phrases.

Bain and Kennedy attacked the women, during which Bain repeatedly punched the then pregnant Mrs Marandran on her head and pushed her.

The pair demanded Ms Musa's mobile phone and tried to grab it off her after she told them she was going to phone the police.

During the struggle, Ms Musa fell to the ground, where she was repeatedly punched on her head and body.

Her hijab was also pulled from her head and her mobile phone was stolen.

Police officers were called in after the attack was spotted by CCTV operators.

Both Mrs Marandran and Ms Musa were taken to Glasgow Royal Infirmary to be checked.

Ms Musa had a bruised left cheek, a grazed knee and a sore neck.

Mrs Marandran suffered no damage to her unborn child but had some muscular pain.

Kennedy and her then 15-year-old niece pleaded guilty to racially assaulting 41-year-old Ms Musa to her injury.

Kennedy also admitted resisting arrest and claiming she had an infection before spitting on a police officer.

Bain admitted the racially aggravated assault on Mrs Marandran, 40, by repeatedly punching her on the head and pushing her to her injury.

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