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Hoteliers cleared of insulting Muslim

Two Christian hoteliers have been cleared of insulting a Muslim guest for wearing the hijab and berating her for her beliefs.

Benjamin and Sharon Vogelenzang denied using threatening, abusive or insulting words which were religiously aggravated against white British Muslim convert Ericka Tazi (60).

District Judge Richard Clancy at Liverpool Magistrates Court dismissed the case against them after a two-day trial.

Mrs Tazi told the court yesterday that she was left traumatised after being insulted by the couple while a guest at The Bounty House Hotel in Aintree, Liverpool, on March 20.

She said they laughed at her when she came down wearing a hijab on her final day at the hotel and shouted at her, saying her Islamic dress was a form of bondage and she had provoked an argument by wearing it.

Mrs Tazi claimed Mr Vogelenzang called the prophet Mohammed a murderer and a warlord and likened him to Saddam Hussein and Hitler.

Belfast Telegraph