Nurse, 57, disbarred for racist assault on cab driver

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel has found that mental health nurse Elaine Roots is unfit to continue practising as a nurse for 6 months following her conviction for assaulting an islamic taxi following after a racist row about women’s rights in islamic culture.

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Roots has already retired from her job since the incident.  She had taken a cab home after a night out, during which she had drunk a quantity of wine and began an unprovoked argument with the driver whilst in the back of the cab.  She pulled the driver by the collar, ripping the buttons from his shirt and repeatedly punched him in the head, neck and upper body.

She also made the remark “he’s a f***ing Muslim isn’t he” when recalling the incident at a police station.

Despite claiming to have limited memory of the initial argument and no memory at all of of the assault due to intoxication, Roots pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated common assault at Nottingham Magistrates Court and was convicted on June 25 last year.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel last week found that her fitness to practise as a nurse is currently impaired and she was banned for six months.

Panel chairman Clive Powell said:

“The panel considered that you accepted the charge served upon you from the outset of the criminal investigation and wanted to apologise to the victim as soon as possible.

“However, the panel considered that since the incident, you have not directly addressed the impact your conduct had on the victim or on the wider impact on people who are subject to racial abuse.  The incident was unprovoked, racially charged and violent and you continued to be racially offensive in the police station after the incident.”

Mr Powell acknowledged that Roots had shown remorse and that it this was a one-off incident in an otherwise unblemished career.  He also agreed that there were mitigating circumstances as to why she was so drunk that night. The panel also heard positive testimonials put forward in support of Roots, but ruled that a message needed to be sent to the profession about the seriousness of the offence.

Umar Mahmood, the chairman of the Nottingham Licensed Taxi Owners and Drivers Association, welcomed the panel’s decision.  He told the Nottingham Post:

“We provide a very valuable service to the public, and in return we deserve respect for that service.

“No customer has the right to ask a question which you don’t feel like answering. You would rather not have the conversation which leads to such incidents.

“It’s happened to me once or twice. People ask you irrelevant questions, like what you think of ISIL. I just ask them if we can not have the conversation.

“Nobody has the right to attack the religion you belong to. All faiths should be respected.”

 

Author: Editorial Team

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