Woman charged after alleged attack at Sydney shopping centre

A Sydney mother has described how she was subjected to a vicious attack outside a busy suburban shopping centre, with a woman repeatedly shouting “you’re so ugly” at her and demanding she remove her niqab.

The former child care worker and swim instructor, who has asked not to be named, said the woman yelled at her: “you should take that off”, “I don’t know what you look like”, “you’re not Australian” and “F*** off back to Lebanon”.

The mother-of-four, 36, from Auburn, had just left Bankstown Central Shopping Centre on Friday afternoon when she noticed a woman staring at her, shaking her head and muttering.