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07/12/2011 10:08 GMT | Updated 07/12/2011 11:24 GMT

Female Gang Who Attacked Woman Spared Jail As They Were 'Not Used To Alcohol' (Video)

A female gang who shouted “kill the white slag” while attacking a woman in Leicester city centre have been spared jail after a judge heard that the Muslim girls were not used to drinking alcohol.

Rhea Page was set upon while walking to a taxi rank with her boyfriend in June last year. The attackers dragged the victim to the ground by her hair then beat her with kicks and punches.

Page’s boyfriend, 23-year-old Lewis Moore, was also attacked as he tried to fend off the four women.

Sisters Ambaro Maxamed, 24, Ayan Maxamed, 28, and Hibo Maxamed, 24, along with their cousin Ifrah Nur, 28, were convicted of causing actual bodily harm.

During the trial the court heard that Ambaro Maxamed called Page a "white bitch" then pulled the hair, forcing her to the floor.

The judge decided that the attack was not racially motivated.

The attackers faced up to five years in jail, but Judge Robert Brown delivered six-month suspended sentences after hearing mitigation that the women are not use to drinking alcohol due to their religion.

During the trial, the defense for Ambaro Maxamed said: “They’re Somalian Muslims and alcohol or drugs isn’t something they’re used to.”

The 22-year-old victim, who suffered stress and lost her job after to the attack, described the sentence as “disgusting”.

After the trial, Page said: “They were taking turns to kick me in the head and back over and over. I thought they were going to kill me. I honestly think they attacked me just because I was white. I can’t think of any other reason.”