Dentist drove car at police woman
A DENTIST from Greater Manchester who refused to treat a Muslim patient unless she wore a headscarf drove a car at a policewoman after a parking row, a court has heard.
Omer Butt, 32, hit the officer on the knee following a dispute near his surgery in Bury.
Pc April Stevenson told Bury magistrates that Butt “looked straight at me” and drove towards her despite her shouting at him to stop.
Butt, of Sheepfoot Lane, Prestwich, was reprimanded for serious professional misconduct by the General Dental Council in 2007 over the incident with the Muslim patient.
He denies assaulting the police officer in Parr Lane, Unsworth, on October 21 last year.
His brother, Hassan Butt, 28, was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence in connection with the parking row.
Hassan Butt achieved notoriety when he claimed to have recruited hundreds of British Muslims to fight alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan in the wake of September 11.
He is said to have since renounced his views on terrorism.
Magistrates were told that he could not attend the hearing because he had contracted typhoid in Pakistan and was not well enough to travel.
His case will be dealt with separately at a later date.