THIS is the shocking moment a racist woman is caught kicking a dog in the face.
Suzanne Young, 52, was filmed spitting at and throwing punches at Charles Casmir and kicking his beloved dog Delta, a cream Akita, on Hob Moor, York, in June last year.
The footage was later shared online, causing an outcry that led to Young being arrested.
She was charged with two counts of racially aggravated assault, one count of use of threatening language or behaviour and one count of causing the unnecessary suffering of an animal.
Young later left York and moved to Birmingham due to the abuse and threats of violence she received.
Young originally pleaded not guilty to some of the charges and was due to face trial, but changed her plea to guilty at the last minute.
She appeared at York Magistrates Court on Monday and was handed a 42-week suspended sentence.
Sarah Tyrer, prosecuting, read out a statement Mr Casmir that he gave to cops on June 9, the day he was assaulted by Young.
He said he had been approached by Young while he was out walking his dog on Hob Moor at 8.10pm who had started shouting at him because his dog was “running with cows” and not on a lead.
Young then became “aggressive” and threatened to shoot him and his dog.
He started to walk away but she started using racist insults such as “p**i” and ‘ch*ng ch*ng”.
Mr Casmir, who is from Guatemala, said: “I thought this was incredibly annoying as I’m not Chinese or Pakistani, I’m South American.
“This is demeaning and being pointed out that you are different is not very nice.”
Young then started spitting on Mr Casmir.
The UK was still in the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic at the time and Mr Casmir said he was particularly worried as he had an 18-month-old daughter who had bronchitis from a young age and was “vulnerable”.
Mr Casmir said that his dog Delta then got “too close to her” and was wagging his tail when Young kicked it in the face.
Mr Casmir said: “This was horrible.”
He said that Young “continued using racial slurs” and started putting her fists up in a “boxing guard position” and said “hit me, hit me”.
Young then picked up a wine bottle from her bag and started threatening Mr Casmir.
Mr Casmir then went away from Young and warned another dog owner about her, which is when she came and punched him numerous times in the face.
Mr Casmir said that Young then approached some youths and that he then called the police who came and arrested her.
A vet who examined Delta found he was “timid and reluctant” to come towards him.
The dog had suffered from swelling around the mouth as a result of the attack.
Young’s representative Emily Calman said that she had unknowingly smoked the synthetic drug spice on the day, which had led to her acting in such a way.
She also said that her client was “ashamed at her behaviour” and had stopped drinking and was receiving support in Birmingham.
Ms Calman said: “This is a lady who has learnt her lesson the hard way and has had to move to the Birmingham area.”
‘YOU ARE A DISGRACE’
Judge Adrian Lower gave a scathing dressing-down of Young, calling her “a disgrace” and saying “you contribute nothing”.
Sentencing Young, Mr Lower said: “We are a country of animal lovers and you may say that you like dogs and that you have been to look after abandoned dogs – well you didn’t show much love to dogs last year.”
Mr Lower said: “You are, frankly Ms Young, a disgrace. No one would criticise me for a moment if I sent you to prison for a long time. It would not just be to punish you but to send a message to people like you that this sort of behaviour will only be met by condign punishment.”
He added: “I’m disgusted at you. I imagine everyone in the court will be disgusted at you. I imagine some of the social media comments will show people are disgusted at you.
“I have little sympathy with you.”
Young was sentenced to 42 weeks imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to pay £500 in compensation to Mr Casmir.
She was also banned from owning a dog for five years.
Speaking after the hearing, the officer behind the case, Sarah Hodge of North Yorkshire Police, said: “It’s a really distressing incident for the victim, the dog who was injured and anyone else who witnessed it.
“There are no excuses for this sort of behaviour and hopefully the sentence will give the victim some sort of closure.”
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