Call someone an Australian in today’s politically correct Britain and you can get arrested and fined for racial abuse.
A woman has been found guilty of racially abusing her New Zealand-born neighbour â€“ by calling her an Australian.
Petra Mills called Chelsea Oâ€™Reilly a â€˜stupid fat Australianâ€™ during a drunken tirade outside her home.
The insult was witnessed by police officers who Mills herself had called after a domestic row with her husband. Czech-born Mills, 31, was arrested and charged with racially aggravated public disorder. She denied the charge but was found guilty at a trial this week.
Miss Oâ€™Reilly, 21, who has dual British and New Zealand nationality, told magistrates: â€˜She called me a stupid fat Australian b****. Because of my accent there can be some confusion over my nationality.
â€˜She knew I was from New Zealand. She was trying to be offensive. I was really insulted.â€™
The incident happened in Macclesfield, Cheshire, on September 4 after Mills had been involved in a row with her husband, Michael. Iain Mutch, prosecuting, said Miss Oâ€™Reilly and Mills had been neighbours for 18 months…
Mills also admitted assaulting a police officer by kicking him. She was fined Â£110 for racially aggravated public disorder and Â£200 for assault, and ordered to pay both victims Â£50 compensation and Â£500 court costs.