A racist who kicked a Muslim woman in the stomach in Milton Keynes last year causing her to lose her unborn twins has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison.
David Gallacher, 37, attacked the Somalian woman outside the Water Eaton Co-Op store after shouting “you’re the f***ing problem with this place” and hitting her with a wine bottle and a bag of ice.
Although Samsam Haji-Ali cried out that she was pregnant, Gallacher kicked her in the stomach causing her to roll around on the floor in agony. He then hit her husband, Abdullah Sulamain, over the head with the bottle leaving him needing stitches on August 6 last year.
The thug was arrested on September 14 at his former partner’s home but spat at the officers trying to arrest him. He also threatened to infect them with Hepatitis B.
Gallacher admitted two counts of racially-aggravated assault and three counts of assaulting a constable in the execution of his/her duty. He was sentenced to three years and 11 months behind bars – two-a-half-years for the attack on Mrs Haji-Ali and 13 months for the attack on Mr Sulamain, plus four months for each count of assaulting officers, to run concurrently.
“You are a racist and a thug too,” said Judge Francis Sheridan said at Aylesbury Crown Court. “It’s time you learned that your vile conduct and abhorrent views are a thing of the past.” He added: “This county will not bow to the views of racists.”
When the victims arrived at hospital Mrs Haji-Ali was told she was still pregnant, but days later on August 24 she suffered a miscarriage – a tragedy that prosecuter Christopher Wing said “could not be medically proven” to be related to the attack.
Defending, Laban Leake told the court that his client was full of remorse for his actions. “Taking that incident as a whole, there’s no doubt that a rage took hold of him that day,” he said.
Gallacher, now of no fixed abode, already had 23 convictions from 35 offences.