Flashback: Aussie judge tough on racial abuse

Flashback | Australia | 15 July 2015 Asia Samachar |


“The turban is the crowning glory of the Sikhs.”

An Australian judge uttered those words three years ago when sending a couple to jail for assaulting a Sikh taxi driver in Darwin.

Justice Stephen Southwood sentenced Angeline Kim Sollitt, 44, and Michael John Arbouin, 40 to nine months in jail for the “unprovoked” and “malicious” attack on taxi driver Jagroop Singh.


“The turban is the crowning glory of the Sikhs. For Sikhs, the head and the turban are sacred – they must not be touched or insulted in any way,” Justice Southwood said.


Ms Sollitt began verbally abusing Mr Singh when he picked her up with four others at the Dinah Beach Yacht Club last October.

“You are in Australia, mate, this is not your country. If you want to live in Australia, take this sh** off.”

Mr Singh kept driving but did later pull over when Ms Sollitt got out and yelled “grab his turban, rip it off”, before she ran to Mr Singh and tried to remove it. She pulled it off, leaving Mr Singh dishevelled.

He attempt to radio in for help before Mr Arbouin threw him to the ground. Ms Sollitt then punched him in the face. Mr Arbouin then said: “You see what happens with your turban? Now I’m going to rip your hair off.”

The police arrived soon after to take control of the scene.

Mr Singh previously said that his main concern was for his faith. “The turban is a symbol of faith. I only care that these people insulted my religion,” he said.


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