Tuesday, 20 March 2012
Roy West Court Appearance 20th March 2012
Roy West from Dukinfield appeared at Tameside Magistrates Court today on a charge of Racially Aggravated Public Disorder. The case centres on an allegation made against Mr West where it is alleged he used the word Kraut* within earshot of a gentleman of German ancestry.
There was also talk of more offence being caused to the complainant following the recent appearance of an Irish tricolor flag in the garden of Mr West.
In a bizarre twist Cllr John Taylor who is a complainant in another court case against Roy West turned up at today’s hearing accompanied by Cllr Dawson Lane. Both councillors were seated at the rear of the court during proceedings. Mystery surrounds the means by which the two councillors come across the information regarding Roy West’s court appearance as this information was not in the public domain.
Any person wishing to make comment on this matter must read this summary of the law in Britain regarding sub judice and contempt of court.
Remember, there is no such thing as true anonymity on the internet and if anyone made an unlawful comment the authorities could track you down in no time.
*According to the Advertising Standard Agency the term "Kraut" was "a light-hearted reference to a national stereotype unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence".
As someone who also has German ancestry I find the term “Kraut” no more offensive to my German ancestry than I do “Limey” to my British ancestry or “Paddy” to my Irish ancestry and I find the term Limey & Paddy completely inoffensive, but evidently some people are more sensitive to silly names than others. Tameside Citizen