Woman made racist comment to German neighbour

Livingston Sheriff Court
Livingston Sheriff Court
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A WOMAN who made a “most vile” racist comment to a foreign neighbour was today ordered to stay out of trouble for six months.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard that Jacqueline Allison shouted at the woman next door: “Why don’t you go back to where you come from?”

Alison Johnstone, prosecuting, said the object of her anger took this as being a reference to her being German.

“She was upset by the comment,” Miss Johnstone said. “She contacted the police and the accused was detained and charged.”

Allison, 54, pleaded guilty to making a racially abusive comment during the incident on April 28.

Glenn Fraser, defending, said the row started after his client accused her neighbour of emptying her flowerpots in the garden they share in Broxburn.

Deferring sentence, Sheriff Graeme Fleming QC said he viewed the racist element as “the most vile aspect” of what happened.

He told Allison: “I’m going to defer sentence for six months for good behaviour and if there’s no repetition of this conduct I’ll be able to deal with you more leniently.

“But if there is repetition, the court will have to take a different view of how you should be dealt with.”