A man in Manchester has been jailed for using his dog to perpetrate two separate racist attacks on Muslims.
Jakub Wendland, a 32 year old from Poland who has lived in the UK for four years, set his cross-breed bull terrier loose on a Muslim man in Longsight before letting it attack a woman in the city centre just hours later.
The first attack took place at around 10am on June 25, when Wendland asked 26-year-old Bakhtshireen Rehman for help opening a bottle at a bus stop.
When Rehman used Wendland became extremely aggressive, calling him a 'Muslim Kurdi', and setting the dog on him when he tried to walk away. The dog bit the man several times and Wendland also punched him, forcing Rehman to run into the road and flag down a motorist for assistance.
Wendland then ran off and took a bus into Manchester city centre, where he and the dog began following Sundus Mirza on Market Street at around 12.50pm.
Mirza tried to get away but became traumatised when she was unable to shake off Wendland, and eventually called the police. Later she said she had been left "petrified" by the incident.
As the dog continued its pursuit, Wendland shouted out “You bite her, bite her. They kill people. So go on, bite a Muslim.”
Police reportedly found Wendland in an intoxicated state, and he spat at the officers when they went to arrest him.
Wendland, who has worked as a forklift truck driver, denied being a racist and his lawyer, Simon Blakebrough, said he wanted to apologise to his victims.
Blakebrough said “he does not consider himself as a racist. He said to me he has never been racist to anyone and can’t believe he behaved in this way.”
Nonetheless Wendland was found guilty and has been jailed for two and a half years at Manchester Crown Court.
Judge Tony Cross QC said: “You are, in my judgement, quite clearly a racist.
“These were racist attacks, of that there is absolutely no doubt.
“This was a campaign of racism carried out over the course of two hours in two separate areas.”