A British woman has been found guilty of racially abusing her
Kiwi neighbour for calling her a "stupid fat Australian", a
UK newspaper reports.
Chelsea O'Reilly, who has a dual British/New Zealand
citizenship, says she was "really insulted" by the drunken
rant of her Czech-born neighbour Petra Mills, the Daily Mail
Ms O'Reilly was giving a statement to police concerning Mills
and her husband when Mills stormed over and began screaming
at her on their street in Macclesfield, Cheshire, 300km north
of London, on September 4.
"She called me a stupid fat Australian b****. Because of my
accent there can be some confusion over my nationality. She
knew I was New Zealand," Ms O'Reilly said.
"She was trying to be offensive. I was really insulted. She
said she would kill my dog. Bizarrely she then blew
raspberries at me like a child."
Mills was fined 110 pounds for racially aggravated public
disorder and 200 pounds for assaulting a police officer, who
she kicked during her arrest, the Daily Mail says.
She had denied the racial attack but was found guilty after a
trial at Macclesfield Magistrates Court.
Mills told the court her outburst had been caused by the
stress of moving house but denied it was racially motivated.
"Yes I shouted at her but it had nothing to do with racism,"
"I did not use the word Australian. I used to live with an
Australian person. She was very nice."
The Daily Mail said Mills' defence lawyer said his client was
angry at Ms O'Reilly's "snooping" and not her nationality.
The statement Ms O'Reilly had been giving to police at the
time concerned a domestic incident between Mills and her
Mills' rant had been witnessed by police, who told the court
they heard Mills say "Australian".
Chairman of the bench Brian Donohue said Mills was in "an
emotional and inebriated state", the newspaper reports.
"The word Australian was used. It was racially aggravated and
the main reason it was used was in hostility."
Mills, who has moved with her husband to Scotland, was also
ordered to pay her victims 50 pounds compensation and 500
pounds court costs.