Sunday, May 25, 2008

Liberal councillor denies race charge

Is this the face of a racist? ROFL

A city councillor has been accused of a racially aggravated offence.

Canterbury cllr Jo Calvert-Mindell, 51, a former policewoman who lives in Longmeadow Way, Canterbury, appeared before Folkestone magistrates on Wednesday charged under section five of the Public Order Act and section 28 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

The Crown Prosecution Service claims that on November 8 last year, in Canterbury, “she used threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress which was racially aggravated”.

Cllr Calvert-Mindell, who represents St Stephen’s ward, denied the charge and the hearing was adjourned until August 6 for a trial, which is expected to last two days.


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