Private tutor from Belsize Park who racially abused police loses appeal
PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:54 11 January 2013
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A private tutor who racially abused a police officer, has lost her appeal against an earlier conviction and must pay £600.
Chrislyn Pict, 63, was arrested after upsetting Tube ground staff with her use of the word “negroes” at King’s Cross station, the Old Bailey heard on Monday (January 7).
Pict, of Belsize Park Gardens, Belsize Park, continued to shout, “You can be arrested in this country for saying the word negro – don’t say the word negro”.
At a police station on April 27 last year she refused to give her fingerprints and had to be carried to the machine by a British Transport Police officer.
Pict, who advertises herself as a private tutor for children in English and maths, told him: “Don’t drop me you dirty Paki.”
On August 15 Pict was convicted of two charges of racially aggravated harassment and fined a total of £480 with £200 costs.
Following an appeal at the Old Bailey, the charge relating to the word “negroes” was dismissed by a panel including Mr Recorder Martyn Levett and two magistrates.
The judge said Pict had immediately corrected herself by asking staff, “Or would you prefer me to use the phrase black males?” and it was not proven that her remark was based on hostility towards a racial group.
But he said the second charge relating to “dirty Paki”, which Pict denied using, should stand.
“We did not find the appellant to be truthful on that point. She is an intelligent and otherwise honest witness but on this issue we reject her evidence. We are in no doubt she intended the words to be insulting,” he added.
Pict must now pay a £200 fine, £200 for the costs of the original hearing and £200 towards the cost of the appeal.
She claimed that Transport for London staff lied about her because she campaigns against “Pakistani rape gangs” who target English girls for sex.