Monday, 8 December 2014

Judge resigns after racist remark about a woman called Patel

An immigration judge has been forced to resign as a district judge after making a racist remark about a crime victim reports The Guardian.

Richard Hollingworth was hearing a case of harassment at Preston magistrates court when he told officials to bring the victim, Deepa Patel, to court because he wanted to complete his sentencing that afternoon.

The prosecutor, Rachel Parker, said she thought it was too short notice and didn’t know whether Patel could get the time off work.

Hollingworth asked where she worked, and Parker said she did not know. The judge replied: “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.”

However, Hollingworth remains an immigration judge, something that leaves CPS officials “astonished”. That role may be short-lived, as the judge’s outburst is being considered by Lord Justice Gross, the senior presiding judge for England and Wales.

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