Melrose lady receives probation for assault on Muslim metropolis councilor’s husband


Joan Ditomaso, 68, was additionally ordered to avoid Melrose Metropolis Councilor Maya Jamaleddine’s household and take a web based course concerning the therapy of Muslims within the U.S.

At Malden District Courtroom, Melrose Metropolis Councilor Maya Jamaleddine, left, speaks with the media after Joan Ditomaso was sentenced for assaulting Jamaleddine’s husband final yr. On the best is Barbara J. Dougan, authorized director for Council on American-Islamic Relations-MA. Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe

A Melrose lady accused of calling a Muslim metropolis councilor a “terrorist Arab” and assaulting the councilor’s husband final December was sentenced Tuesday to sensitivity coaching and 6 months probation. 

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Joan Ditomaso, 68, was additionally ordered to avoid Melrose Metropolis Councilor-at-Giant Maya Jamaleddine, her husband, and their youngsters, who witnessed the Dec. 3 confrontation at an area gasoline station. 

In court docket Tuesday, Assistant District Lawyer David Yasinovsky mentioned Ditomaso known as Jamaleddine — who wears a hijab — a “terrorist Arab” and informed her to “return to her nation,” in keeping with footage from NBC10 Boston. Ditomaso additionally shoved Jamaleddine’s husband, Abdallah, when he intervened, a confrontation captured on cellphone video

Ditomaso initially pleaded not responsible to a cost of assault and battery again in June. Her lawyer, Matthew Campbell, informed the court docket on Tuesday that Abdallah Jamaleddine provoked Ditomaso into assaulting him by taking a video of her license plate, in keeping with The Boston Globe

Ditomaso admitted to pushing Abdallah Jamaleddine and acknowledged there have been ample details for her to be convicted of assault. Decide Emily A. Karstetter continued the case with no discovering for six months and ordered Ditomaso to take a web based course known as, “How are American Muslims Handled?”

At Malden District Courtroom on Tuesday, Joan Ditomaso grew to become emotional whereas she was sentenced in connection together with her verbal assault on Melrose Metropolis Councilor Maya Jamaleddine and assault on Jamaleddine’s husband final yr. – Suzanne Kreiter / The Boston Globe

In response to the Globe, Maya Jamaleddine learn a press release on her husband’s behalf Tuesday, describing the response from their youngsters. 

“As a father, that harm terribly, I discovered my daughter within the security place she discovered at college in case of an energetic shooter, together with her fingers overlaying her head,” the assertion reportedly mentioned. 

Addressing reporters exterior the courthouse after, Jamaleddine mentioned all she wished was an apology, in keeping with NBC10. She reportedly left Tuesday’s listening to with out one.