3 Sep 2014

Cop's racist tirade hits world headlines

3:28 pm on 3 September 2014

A Queenstown police officer's racist tirade toward a taxi driver is making headlines around the world.

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Photo: PHOTO NZ

Jenny McNee was found guilty in Queenstown District Court yesterday of directing racial abuse at the driver, Ganesh Paramanathan, following a late night fare dispute.

Mrs McNee will be sentenced later this month, but the judge has not entered a conviction as her lawyer said she would apply for a discharge without conviction.

Her outburst has made headlines in the taxi driver's home country, Malaysia, and also in India.

Mr Paramanathan has indicated he may take the matter further, suggesting he would like to see Mrs McNee tried for assault, after video footage of the incident showed she grabbed and twisted his wrist.