Worlingham woman in court for displaying golliwog

A Worlingham woman appeared in court this morning on a racial harassment charge after a golliwog was seen in the window of her home.

Jena Mason, 65, of Worlingham Manor, College Lane, appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court charged with displaying some writing, signs or other visible representation which was threatening, abusive, or insulting within the hearing or sight of person likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress which was racially aggravated.

The charge relates to an incident in which a golliwog toy was seen at the Mason's home in August by her neighbours Stephen and Rosemarie O' Donnell, who is black.

Mr and Mrs O'Donnell claim the golliwog caused offence to their family.

Golliwogs are considered by many to be offensive.

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Mason, who is a grandmother, pleaded not guilty to the harassment charge which is under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

Magistrates adjourned the case until October 11 for a case management hearing to arrange the number of witnesses needed for a later trial.

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