Mum called pregnant shopper a “p*** immigrant” in racist tirade in Sainsbury’s
Susan Morgan-Bird, 35, racially abused Salma Gul and threatened to “kick her unborn baby out of her” at the superstore in Burnley, Lancashire
A mum-of-two called a heavily pregnant shopper a “p***” immigrant” and threatened to kick her unborn child out of her at a Sainsbury’s checkout.
Susan Morgan-Bird, 35, also screamed “you fat black b***h” at Salma Gul as she emptied her basket onto the conveyor belt at the superstore in Burnley, Lancashire.
Morgan-Bird was stood behind the victim, who was 32 weeks pregnant, when she launched her vile racist tirade, adding: “I’m going to kick the baby out of you.”
Married mum-of-two Morgan-Bird, who is on benefits, then shouted: “You’re having that baby for the benefits” and “your husband is a drug dealer”.
Mrs Gul was left distraught, sobbing and afraid of going out after what she described as the “nasty” and “disgusting” outburst.
Ex-waitress Morgan-Bird, who has a conviction for battery from 2009, could have been facing up to two years in jail for the racist attack at 1pm on January 23, if she had been committed to the crown court for sentence, but escaped with a community order.
The court was told she has mental health problems and sometimes struggles to control her emotions, but “knew her issues didn’t excuse what she did”.
Philippa White, prosecuting, said Mrs Gul got the feeling that a woman, about six metres away, was staring at her as she emptied her basket.
She then heard some racial abuse, asked the woman what her problem was and she replied “You are.”
The victim said: “Lets sort it out,” and the defendant replied: “You come here then.”
Mrs Gul ignored her and began to be served at the till.
Mrs White said the next thing the victim knew Morgan-Bird was directly behind her with a member of staff and said: “I was going to bash her in, but she is stopping me,” referring to the assistant.
The staff member intervened and ushered the defendant away to another till.
Morgan-Bird began unloading her shopping onto the counter, saying: “I was going to sort her out, but she is stopping me,” again referring to the worker.
The prosecutor said when it was pointed out that Mrs Gul was pregnant, the defendant said :” Yeah, I know. I was going to punch the baby out of her.”
Mrs Gul asked: ‘You are going to what? “and Morgan-Bird shouted: “I’m going to kick the baby out of you.”
The victim continued to pay for her shopping and was escorted from the store by the staff member who had tried to stop the defendant’s behaviour.
Morgan-Bird told the victim: “You’re having that baby for the benefits. Your husband is a drug dealer. You immigrant. You p*** bitch”.
Mrs White said when the victim got home she told her sister what had happened and broke down in tears.
Mrs White told the court that in her impact statement, Mrs Gul said since the incident, she was more fearful about going out on her own.
The prosecutor said: “She is worried that something similar may happen again. She says she was made to feel incredibly vulnerable, especially as she was pregnant at the time. The incident has made her more wary and cautious when she was does go out and about.”
Cathryn Fell, defending Morgan-Bird, told the hearing what she said was “totally unacceptable.”
The solicitor said: “She wishes to apologise to the victim. There was no attempt at any physical violence. From her point of view, there was a bit of provocation. It’s not suggested the victim was staring at her, but that’s what she thought at the time.”
Morgan-Bird, of Hapton, near Burnley, admitted racially aggravated harassment.
She was given a 12-month community order, with a 10-day rehabilitation activity requirement and was ordered to pay the victim £50 compensation.
Morgan-Bird must also pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.