Brighton woman in court over racial abuse

A Brighton woman has appeared in court for racially abusing a local shop assistant.

Thursday, 14th March 2019, 12:10 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th March 2019, 1:15 pm
Sussex Police. Pic Steve Robards

Sussex Police say that Lesley Doyle, 38, unemployed, of Cambridge Road, Hove, pleaded guilty to racially abusing the assistant at the shop in Duke Street, in The Lanes, central Brighton in December 2018, when she appeared before Brighton magistrates on Monday March 4.

She was given a two-week Curfew, a Restraining Order prohibiting her from entering the shop for six months, and was ordered to pay both £85 court costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

PC James Breeds of the Brighton Prevention Team said; “This was a particularly nasty incident in which Doyle entered the shop and proceeded to abuse and humiliate the woman, a compete stranger to her, in front of her colleagues and the general public when the assistant challenged her about offensive behaviour to other staff.

“This behaviour was a disgrace for which I understand Doyle is very remorseful, but the victim was clearly affected by her vicious abuse and victimisation. Where racism or any sort of hate crime is reported to us, we will look to act and deal with the matter robustly.”

Hate crime can be reported to the police by calling 01273 470101, or 999 in an emergency.