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Mum-of-four knocked out in race attack; VILE ASSAULT IN FRONT OF VICTIM'S CHILDREN.

Byline: JONATHAN HUMPHRIES Court Reporter jonathan.humphries@trinitymirror.com @jhumphriesecho

A MUSLIM mum was knocked unconscious in front of her young children in a racist attack at McDonald's.

Kellie Cooke, 33, mocked Hamman Hamood's accent before hurling racist abuse and trying to pull off her headscarf - then knocking her to the floor.

The court heard one of Mrs Hamood's terrified children later told officers: "Mummy was sleeping on the floor."

Mum-of-three Cooke, of Lockerby Road, Fairfield, admitted racially aggravated assault and a racially aggravated public order offence at Liverpool Magistrates' Court.

Melanie Tomlinson, prosecuting, told the court Mrs Hamood, 34, was buying a meal in the Kensington branch of the restaurant at around 8.20pm on March 27.

She said: "She became aware of the defendant laughing.

"The defendant asked the complainant what a Frappucino was. The complainant pointed at a photo to show her, and the defendant continued to laugh and mock the way the complainant spoke.

"(Cooke) then said 'Go back to your own country, you shouldn't wear that scarf in this country', and 'Why are you not wearing a full face covering?'."

The court heard Cooke became extremely aggressive and started shouting at Mrs Hamood's four young children, then tried to grab her headscarf.

Ms Tomlinson said: "The next thing she can remember is waking up dazed."

Matthew O'Neill, defending, said the incident was "out of character."

District Judge Wendy Lloyd adjourned the case until May 17 and warned Cooke: "Imprisonment is in no way ruled out."

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