Paul Moore jailed for Leicester hate crime car attack

A man who hit a Somali woman with his car before going back to run her over as she lay helpless has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

Paul Moore, 21, was convicted of the attempted murder Zaynab Hussein after the attack in Leicester last September.

She remains confined to a bed after suffering life-changing injuries.

Moore, of Leicester, was also found guilty of attempted grievous bodily harm for trying to drive into a 12-year-old Somali girl.

Mother who was run over twice by attacker

The trial heard Moore targeted the pair in revenge for the London 7/7 bombings and the Parsons Green Tube station attack, which happened five days before.

Mrs Hussein was returning home after dropping off her two youngest children at school when she was knocked down.

She was thrown by the force of the impact into the wall of a house in the Beaumont Leys area of Leicester.

Jailing Moore for life, Mr Justice Soole said: “The courage of your victims, and the compassion and courage of all those who came to the aid of Mrs Hussein in different ways – and who notably come from across the diverse range of this local community – stand in stark contrast to your wickedness.

“All pedestrians were at risk from you that morning, however, the fact remains that you ultimately launched your assault on those who were in Islamic clothing.

“Your intention to kill Mrs Hussein was underlined by your wicked decision to return for a second assault with the car. It was only luck and her quick thinking that saved your second intended victim from injury.”

The judge added: “In circumstances where you have shown no remorse and where there is reason to believe that you may have taken satisfaction from what you did, the alternatives of an ordinary determinate sentence or an extended determinate sentence would provide inadequate protection to the public.”

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