Pensioner made race comments to woman

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A pensioner hurled vile racist abuse at a woman from the Philippines who was travelling on a bus.

Josephine Bowes made disparaging remarks about people who come from that country, a magistrates court was told.

Bowes, 65, of Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, was not present at court but admitted by letter racially aggravated abusive behaviour.

She was fined £35 with £40 costs and plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said on New Year’s Eve last year, the victim was on as bus when Bowes made disparaging comments to her.

She then made race-hate remarks to the woman.

Bowes had no previous convictions, the court was told.

A letter from her doctor stated that Bowes had been staying in London with her son.

The doctor added that Bowes had suffered stress over the incident on the bus.

She suffered from constant anxiety and sleeplessness and was unfit to travel or appear in court, magistrates heard.

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