New Zealand cop faces trial for racially abusing Indian-Malaysian
Facing trial for allegedly racially abusing an Indian-origin Malaysian taxi driver, a New Zealand policewoman appeared in Queenstown court on Monday.
Melbourne: Facing trial for allegedly racially abusing an Indian-origin Malaysian taxi driver, a New Zealand policewoman appeared in Queenstown court on Monday.
Jeanette May McNee, 44, is charged with using abusive language against taxi driver, Ganesh Paramanathan, at Queenstown in New Zealand on November 3 last year.
Police allege McNee said, "F*** off to India, you come here and get all the Kiwi jobs. Eat your curry and f*** off to India. This is a Kiwi job."
Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson asked the taxi driver to narrate the incident, which happened in Lake Hayes Estate, after he picked up a group of six people from central Queenstown and drove to drop-off points in Quail Rise and Lake Hayes Estate, Stuff.Co.Nz reported.
After the alleged words were spoken, the driver told the court, "I was looking at her, she was facing me.
"She was pointing her finger towards my face and I pointed back at her and said, 'do not be abusive and racist, I am only doing my job as a taxi driver' and she got more angry and she said, 'do not point your fingers at me'."
McNee grabbed his left wrist, squeezed and twisted, he said.
Paramanathan said he told her not to touch him or be abusive and racist or he would call the police.
"She got very aggressive... And said, 'I am the police'."
The trial continues.