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Derbyshire mother branded a ‘bigot’ after calling Norfolk taxi driver ‘a terrorist’

PUBLISHED: 15:12 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:25 12 September 2017

Cassandra Toland, aged 23, of Wilkins Drove, Allenton, handed a suspended jail term for racially-abusing a taxi driver and blaming him for the Manchester and London terror attacks. Photo: Derby Telegraph.

Cassandra Toland, aged 23, of Wilkins Drove, Allenton, handed a suspended jail term for racially-abusing a taxi driver and blaming him for the Manchester and London terror attacks. Photo: Derby Telegraph.

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A mother-of-one has been branded a “bigot” after accusing a Norfolk taxi driver of being a terrorist.

Cassandra Toland, aged 23, of Wilkins Drove, Allenton, handed a suspended jail term for racially-abusing a taxi driver and blaming him for the Manchester and London terror attacks. Photo: Derby Telegraph. Cassandra Toland, aged 23, of Wilkins Drove, Allenton, handed a suspended jail term for racially-abusing a taxi driver and blaming him for the Manchester and London terror attacks. Photo: Derby Telegraph.

Cassandra Toland, 23, from Derbyshire, told the cabbie “your type are responsible for the Manchester bomb” before attacking him in his car.

The offence took place at around 3.30pm on June 16, when Toland, of Wilkins Drive, Allenton, had gone to a concert with her cousin.

Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday that when she was arrested by police, she called a female officer “a dirty tramp” and told her the taxi driver “is a terrorist and should not even be in this country”.

Sentencing Toland to 12 weeks in jail, suspended for 12 months, district judge Jonathan Taaffe said: “This was an appalling display of bigotry, arrogance and aggression towards a taxi driver simply trying to earn a living and pay his taxes.

“He is a decent citizen who is no more responsible for events which happened on Manchester and London than you or I.

“The language you used is dangerous and does nothing to assist in harmonious relations.”

Peter Bettany, prosecuting, said Toland and her cousin ordered the taxi which picked them up.

As they set off Toland, who was sat in the back, started arguing with the cabbie who was trying to get her to put on her seat belt.

The driver was asked to stop at a cashpoint in a Tesco car park and while her cousin went to withdraw money Toland started racially abusing the driver and then hit him once to the back of the head, the Derbyshire Telegraph reported.

Mr Bettany said: “He asked her to get out of the car saying he would not take them any further and she reacted by swearing at the taxi driver calling him ‘a foreigner’ and ‘a terrorist’ and saying ‘you have to take me, I am paying you’.

“He said to her ‘I don’t have to take you now get out’ and he called 999.

“When the police arrived he told them ‘I can handle the swearing but not the other things she is saying to me’.”

Mr Bettany said Toland was spoken to by the police and said to them “he’s [the taxi driver] a terrorist and should not even be in this country”.

He said Toland, a mother-of one, was arrested and called the female officer “a dirty tramp’ and said to her “You wait until I get out of these handcuffs”.

She was later charged with racially-aggravated assault which she pleaded guilty to.

Judge Taaffe asked Toland, who defended herself in court: “Is there anything you want to say to me about this disgraceful incident?”

Crying in the dock she replied: “I am really sorry, I was with my cousin, we had been to a concert, I’d had a lot of alcohol.”

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