Drunken man, brandishing knife, tells Muslim woman, “Take off that headbag. This is England, take it off before I stab you.”

burqatrashbag-viDavid Norris, 39, approached Farduja Jama and ‘racially’ (What ‘race’ is Islam?) abused her, then demanded that she remove her headbag before putting a kitchen knife to her throat.

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This is Bristol  Later the same day Norris approached Iqbal Osman who was watching her four-year-old play in Barton Hill Urban Park. He asked her why she was wearing too many clothes and accused Muslims of “taking over” his country. He again brandished the knife before leaving.


At Bristol Crown Court Norris, who had been on remand for seven months awaiting sentence, had admitted two counts of religiously aggravated harassment and two counts of possession of a bladed article.

Recorder Nicholas Rowland made Norris, of Canterbury Street, Barton Hill, subject to a two-year community order with two years supervision and a six-month alcohol treatment requirement.

Explaining his decision he said: “The reason I am doing this is so that any sort of repetition of his behaviour or if he fails to comply with the order he will be brought back before this court and the court’s hands will not be tied.”

Victim impact statements from both women outlined how they now felt anxious when they left home.