Monday, 23 April 2012
BNP man left poppies outside Dukinfield home
When Susan Holt, who lives with German-born Mr Kugow, asked West to remove part of it from the shared wall last month, he called freelance photographer Mr Kugow a ‘Kraut *******’, Tameside magistrates court heard.
Ms Holt said: “The reason the flags and poppies are facing into our garden is because Bernd is German.
Ms Holt said that on March 6 she noticed that more flags had been added to the display and asked West to move a pot from the dividing wall of their homes, in Glenmore Grove, Dukinfield.
When she asked why the items were on the dividing wall, facing her garden, she was told that it was because her partner was a ‘Kraut’.
She added that when she returned home later in the day the pot was back on the wall and she tried to move it – only for West to again call her partner a ‘Kraut *******’ – this time in front of him.
West pleaded not guilty to a single charge of racially aggravated harassment.
But Ian Ridgway, who was defending West, offered no evidence to the court and did not challenge the prosecution’s evidence.
Magistrates found him guilty and bailed him to appear in court on May 1 for sentencing.
The full article can be read on the Manchester Evening News website.