A FORMER top model has appeared in the dock to face charges of racially abusing a man whose mother was once her assistant.
Following her modelling career Maggie Flynn went on to run a successful antiques business but later lost her home and is destitute.
Flynn was found guilty at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court of racially aggravated harassment against a 20-year-old white South African.
He is a member of the family she blamed for her down-fall and when she met him in a street of her home town of St Annes, she hurled a torrent of racist abuse in front of startled golf fans waiting to enter the 2012 British Open championship.
District Judge Rod Ross, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court, found Flynn guilty after a trial .
He heard how Flynn – who was taken to hospital during the proceedings suffering from apparent chest pains – also raised her fist at the man.
The victim told the court: “I was extremely angry at what she said to me about my South African ethnicity.”
The court heard the man phoned police and the pensioner was arrested at her home on Beach Road.
In an interview she told officers he had made a remark to her and she felt threatened.
Imran Majid, defending, said: “There is a long and bitter history between my client and the family which goes back some years. She says she has lost her business and her home because of what has happened. She lives in a tiny flat and is destitute.”
The judge told Flynn: “The language you used against the victim was unjustifiable.”
Flynn was made the subject of a two-year conditional discharge and a restraining order forbidding her to have contact with the victim.