Judge quits after making racist remark about victim

Judge quits after making racist remark about victim

One of Britain's senior immigration judges is under probe for an ethnic slur about an Asian woman victim.

Justice Richard Hollingworth was hearing a case of harassment at Preston magistrates court in October when he told officials to bring the victim, Miss Deepa Patel, to court, reported The Guardian.

This was a case against a Parvan Singh accused of bombarding Miss Patel, 22, with texts and threats.

But Mr Hollingworth was told by Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) prosecutor Rachel Parker that it was too short a notice and Miss Patel was not in court.

Mr Hollingworth, 63, then said: "It won't be a problem. She won't be working anywhere important where she can't get the time off. She'll only be working in a shop or an off-licence."

When Ms Parker asked what he meant, he replied: "With a name like Patel, and her ethnic background, she won't be working anywhere important where she can't get the time off. So that's what we'll do."

At that point Ms Parker withdrew from the case, telling the judge: "I am professionally embarrassed. I cannot prosecute this case."

He was reported to the HM Courts and Tribunals Service for "inappropriate comments".

Miss Patel, who was told about his rant, refused to have the trial overseen by him. Singh was later convicted of harassment and received 12 weeks' jail.

Mr Hollingworth has withdrawn from judicial duties and resigned.


This article was first published on Dec 9, 2014.
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