Businessman accused of trying to rip off a Muslim woman’s HIJAB on Tube has assault case thrown out after she and her two friends gave conflicting stories, court papers show
- Pawel Uczciwek was accused of committing an anti-Islam hate crime on the Tube
- Aniso Abulkadir alleged the Polish businessman hit her and tried to remove hijab
- She kicked up social media storm, and called for employer to sack him
- But assault case was thrown out after witnesses gave conflicting stories
- Judge called allegation ‘a colossal waste of time’ and apologised to Mr Uczciwek
A Polish businessman who was accused of an anti-Islam hate crime had an assault case against him thrown out by a judge after the Muslim woman’s key witnesses gave conflicting stories in court.
Aniso Abulkadir claimed that she and her friends Luxika Rajeswaran and Oyindamola Olatuyi were assaulted at Baker Street Tube station by Pawel Uczciwek in a ‘racially abusive’ attack in July 2017.
The trio whipped up a social media frenzy by alleging that Mr Uczciwek had tried to rip off Ms Abulkadir’s hijab and had hit her. They also published his home address and called for his employer to sack him.
At the time, Mr Uczciwek, now 31, denied attempting to remove the hijab and said he had been defending his black girlfriend Yolaine Mossimi from a ‘racist attack from three random females’.
Following a police probe, he was charged with religiously-aggravated common assault by beating – which can see offenders handed a possible two-year jail sentence.
But court papers show that the case was thrown out by a judge at Blackfriars Crown Court after the trio failed to establish if Mr Uczciwek had tried to remove the hijab during the altercation.
After witnesses Ms Rajeswaran and Ms Olatuyi failed to attend the second day of the trial, the judge ordered the jury to issue a not guilty verdict and apologised to Mr Uczciwek for the ordeal.
Judge Rajeev Shetty called the case a ‘colossal waste of time’ and called the prosecution’s evidence not ‘nearly convincing enough for the criminal standard of proof which is that you must be sure that that happened before the defendant could be convicted of anything’.
Pawel Uczciwek has opened up about the ‘insomnia, stress and anxiety’ caused by the women’s ‘false accusations’ for the past two years, revealing how the allegations resulted in social media attacks on him and his family, ‘causing emotional and psychological distress’
Ms Abulkadir claimed that Polish businessman Pawel Uczciwek (pictured) had attempted to rip off her hjiab and then hit her. She and her friends then kicked up a social-media storm, where they called for his employer to sack him. Also pictured is Mr Uczciwek’s fiancé Yolaine Mossimi
Speaking to MailOnline, Mr Uczciwek has now opened up about how the ‘false accusations’ caused him to suffer ‘insomnia, stress and anxiety’.
He said Ms Abulkadir had ‘falsified a hate crime story about her being attacked and she used her religion to stir-up racial hatred and paint me as the attacker’ in order to ‘perpetuate their agenda’.
Mr Uczciwek revealed the allegations had resulted in social media attacks on him and his family, while he received ‘countless abusive, racist and life-threatening phone calls, texts and online messages from various unknown people’.
At the time, the trio shared a photo of Mr Uczciwek online, and described how he had attempted to remove her headscarf before hitting her.
Ms Rajeswaran said: ‘The man said, ‘Show me your hair!’ and tried to pull it off. Aniso [Abulkadir] has never had a racial encounter like this before and has been left so upset by it. It’s the worst thing that could happen to have it removed, she chooses to wear it and it’s for her own reasons. It’s stripping her of her dignity to do that.’
But court papers now show that Ms Rajeswaran and Ms Olatuyi contradicted each other on basic details during proceedings at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Extraordinarily, Ms Olatuyi admitted that she was ‘not sure’ if she saw Mr Uczciwek grab the religious veil, but told the court: ‘I am going with it happened.’
Defending, Brent Martin argued that the defendant had approached the trio only after he had overheard them making unsubstantiated ‘derogatory’ comments about his black fiancee.
Aniso Abulkadir (pictured) brought charges of religiously aggravated assault by beating against Pawel Uczciwek in 2018
The court also heard how one of the prosecution witnesses had previously wasted police time and ‘effectively lied to the police’ to defend her boyfriend.
Judge Rajeev Shetty apologised to Mr Uczciwek, saying ‘this case and the allegation against you is a colossal waste of time, having heard at least one witness on these matters and I am sorry that you have had to go through it’.
Mr Uczciwek has saidhe hopes to ‘bring light to false accusations and racial hatred’.
He told MailOnline: ‘Following the incident, overnight the three girls went on Twitter and Facebook to create a false story about what had happened.
‘Aniso [Abulkadir] falsified a hate crime story about her being attacked and she used her religion to stir-up racial hatred and paint me as the attacker.
‘Luxika [Rajeswaran] took a picture of me without my consent and used this to perpetuate their agenda. Luxica and Oyindamola [Olatuyi] added their false statements to Aniso’s hate crime story in an attempt to make theirs more credible.
‘It was later discovered that their police statements were contradictory to what they posted on social media, and the truth can be seen on CCTV.
‘Since the false accusations, I received countless abusive, racist and life-threatening phone calls, texts and online messages from various unknown people.
‘My home address, place of work, personal images have also been posted all over social media. A number of people have contacted my place of work in attempts to get me fired. I have been called an Islamophobe.
‘These false accusations and the resulting harassment and abuse towards me and my loved ones, and their attempt to destroy my public image, has caused insomnia, stress and anxiety for the past two years.
‘Relentless cyber-bullying and false online statements have impacted my mental health, causing emotional and psychological distress.
‘I was forced to travel to work by car for months to ensure my safety and the safety of those around me. My fiancee worked from home for weeks out of fear of her own life, and that the accusers will find her and attack her again.
‘People have shared my family address where my parents and my little sister lived, their lies put them directly in harm’s way.
‘The case came to conclusion and I was dismissed of all charges. I’m relieved that the truth was shown in court.’
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