A thug who launched a campaign of abuse at Asian women in Birmingham has been jailed for three religiously aggravated assaults.

34-year-old Davion Kelly punched, shouted, spat on and threw liquid at Asian women in separate incidents that took place in Lozells, Birmingham.

The court heard how Kelly attacked his first victim as she was sat in her car with her two young children and was waiting for traffic lights to change.

He threw liquid at the victim and when challenged the defendant punched and shouted abuse towards her.

A couple of days later he approached two more Asian women in their cars and spat at them through the window before shouting abuse, including calling them ‘terrorists’.

Kelly was arrested for the attacks and pleaded guilty to three counts of religiously aggravated assault by beating at Birmingham Magistrates Court.

He was jailed for 12 months, which was increased from six months to reflect the religiously aggravated element of his crimes.

Birmingham Mail reported, Meloney Hughes, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: “Over a three day period, Davion Kelly targeted his victims purely due to their ethnicity.

“He threw items at them, spat and shouted abuse at them. The abuse contained references to being a Muslim and a terrorist.”

He added: “People from all communities have a right to be protected from the prejudice at the root of religious hate crime, and the Crown Prosecution Service is determined to play its part in this.

“It is vital that people recognise what this crime is in the first place. Often victims are not aware that what they are experiencing is a crime.

“The CPS is working with our partner agencies to robustly prosecute those individuals who commit any form of hate crime as such offences will not be tolerated.”