Court: Woman who called Grantham policeman a ‘monkey’ denies she is racist

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A woman who racially abused a police officer denied in interview that she is racist.

Toni Charlton, aka Toni Kime, of the Blue Horse Inn, Great North Road, Great Ponton, admitted a racially-aggravated public order offence.

Daniel Paulson, prosecuting, told the court Charlton was in police custody when she began shouting abuse at the custody sergeant, calling him a “black b*****d”, a “monkey” and other racial slurs.

Giles Tyas, defending, said Charlton, 28, is “well-known to the psychiatric services and Grantham”, adding that she is bipolar and has a borderline personality disorder.

Mr Tyas said that the conditions are exacerbated by alcohol.

He said: “She was candid with the officers in interview and stated repeatedly that she was not racist but had been drinking.”

Before sentencing, chair of magistrates Ian McDonnell questioned Charlton’s means, asking if it was true she spent £50 a week on smoking - £20 more than she spends on food - to which Charlton replied “yes”.

Charlton was fined £75 and ordered to pay costs of £30 and a £15 surcharge.