Rezzas Abdulla will not serve a prison time for the sickening assault
Rather than cooing over the cute little girl, he leaned into the pram and spat into her mouth before launching into a tirade of racial abuse.
But now Ms Telford has slammed the courts – claiming the punishment may have been different if the attack was the other way around.
Ms Telford and her daughter were shopping in South Shields before the attack
“As he did so, he shouted or said ‘white people shouldn’t breed’.”
When the baby’s young mother, who works as a hairdresser, confronted her attacker, he told her to “shut the f*** up” and walked off.
She was left stunned by the attack, which left her little girl with spit “sprayed around” her face before another stunned onlooker handed her a tissue and helped to clean her up.
I honestly think if it was the other way round and I had been abusive towards him, then I would have been treated differently
In a victim impact statement, the distraught mother told the police: “I am completely disgusted and distressed that a grown man, regardless of race or religion, would spit on a defenceless baby in a completely unprovoked attack.
“If he had just walked by I would not have even noticed him, there was no eye contact and no words had been exchanged. I had never seen him before.”
Rezzas Abdulla has also been convicted of two other attacks on women
Ms Telford added: “I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was a lone female and an easy target.”
Abdullah already has two convictions for racially-motivated attacks on white woman, after being found guilty of racially aggravated common assault after a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court, which he did not attend.
Abdulla was sentenced to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment requirements.
He now receives anti-psychotic treatment in the community but his victim says Abdullah has got off lightly – and claims if she had attacked him, she would likely have got a harsher punishment.
Rebecca Telford, 25, and her daughter Layla-Jean were shocked by the attack
“It was horrifying. I am glad he has been brought to justice, but I think he has got off lightly.
“I am not racist at all but I honestly think if it was the other way round and I had been abusive towards him, then I would have been treated differently.”