Mum racially abused students in noise row
A NEIGHBOUR spat in the face of a Nigerian student and hurled racist abuse at him and his two flatmates.
Janine Telfer told the men – who study at South Tyneside College – to “go back to their country” and threatened to kill one of them.
The students lived above Telfer in Dacre Street, South Shields, at the time of the offences.
The 40-year-old was sentenced at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday after pleading guilty to charges of racially aggravated assault and racially aggravated harassment.
She was given a 12-month community order by magistrates, who warned her not to “slide off this time” after being told she is attempting to turn her life around.
The harassment offence took place on November 20 last year, and the assault on December 10.
Stan Sudworth, prosecuting, said: “The three Nigerian students are at South Tyneside College, and live at Dacre Street, above the address of Telfer. They have been there since September.
“On November 20, one of the students heard a loud banging on the door, but when they answered, nobody was there.
“The three students went and knocked on her door, as she had complained about noise in the past.
“She became racially abusive and told them to go back to their own country.
“On December 10 at about 8.45am, she was banging on their door.
“One of the students answered and Telfer was racially abusive, saying ‘I will kill you’ and telling him to go back to his own country.
“She then told him ‘I will spit on you’.
He tried to shut the door, but she pushed it back and spat in his face and hair. It was unprovoked.”
Valerie Bell, defending, said: “She has had various addictions.
“She has not used heroin for five years, but still does misuse alcohol.
“But on a positive note she has substantially cut down on the amount she consumes.
“At the time of these offences she would be drinking up to 12 litres of cider daily. She has little recollection of what happened.
“There had been an issue about noise since the students had a house party.
“It was a neighbourly dispute which unfortunately culminated in her behaviour.
“She has four children, and is determined to sort herself out once and for all.
“I would urge you to follow the recommendation for a community order with an alcohol treatment requirement.
“She could do with some assistance and support for what she is doing herself.
Telfer now lives at Monkton Avenue, in South Shields.
Magistrates also gave her a nine -month alcohol treatment requirement.
Ken Buck, chairman of the magistrates, said: “Because the offences are racially aggravated, they are more serious.
“We are trying to help you as long as you help yourself. Don’t slide off this time.”