A man who used his dog as a ‘weapon’ to attack a Muslim man and woman in separate incidents in a ‘campaign of racism’ has been jailed for two years.
During one of the attacks he was heard shouting: “You bite her, bite her. They kill people. So go on, bite a Muslim.”
Jakub Wendland’s dog bit Bakhtshireen Rehman on Stockport Road in Longsight as he returned home from Mosque at around 10am on June 25.
The court heard Wendland asked Mr Rehman to open his bottle of beer after seeing him at a bus stop.
Wendland became aggressive towards Mr Rehman when he refused to open the beer and called him a ‘Muslim Kurdi’.
Mr Rehman, who is a British-Pakistani, attempted to walk away but Wendland let the dog loose on him.
Mr Rehman was bitten several times by the dog and also punched and kicked by Wendland before he was able to run off and flag down a motorist for help.
Wendland then made his way to Manchester city centre were he targeted his next victim, 28-year-old Sundus Mirza, two hours later.
Wendland followed Ms Mirza after he spotted her on her way to work on Market Street at around 12.50pm
The court heard Wendland then ordered his down to: “Go on, bite her, bite her. They kill people, bite her.”
Ms Mirza started screaming before passers-by rushed to help her. Wendland then walked away.
Police were called and Wendland was later found in the city centre in an ‘intoxicated state’.
Kirsty Walls, from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “Jakub Wendland used his dog as a weapon as he carried out a series of unprovoked attacks in a busy city centre upon people he considered to be Muslims.
“He was heard repeatedly telling the dog to bite Muslims as they kill people. One person was injured, whilst another was placed in tremendous fear of being attacked by the dog.
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.”
The judge sentenced him to two and a half years imprisonment.