A pregnant Muslim woman 31-year-old, who is 38 weeks pregnant, was with friends at Bay Vista cafe on Church Street, Parramatta, at 10.30pm on Wednesday when a man randomly attacked her.
Police have arrested 43-year-old Stipe Lozina and charged him with affray and assault occasioning actual bodily harm since the attack.
She said ‘He just screamed at me saying ‘Muslims raped my mum’,’ she said.
Her husband told the publication his wife ‘hardly ever goes out’.
‘But when her friends invited her for a coffee, I told her to go and that I would look after the kids,’ he said.
Footage shows the moment she was set upon in the cafe. The woman did not know her alleged attacker, but he was known to police.
Lozina appeared without legal representation at Parramatta Local Court on Thursday as he applied unsuccessfully for bail. He will remain behind bars until at least next month.
Magistrate Tim Keady told Lozina in court: ‘After making a comment about Muslims, you approached her and punched her to the head 14 times. For bail purposes I will treat that as a very strong case against you.’
The man was known to police and had an ‘extensive criminal record’, the magistrate said.
The accused asked for the case to be adjourned to a date when he had another matter due to be heard in court.
Lozina was refused bail to next appear on December 5