Carer found guilty of racially abusing Ossett cafe owner

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A community care worker has been found guilty of racially abusing an Ossett cafe owner who hit the headlines after being at the centre of a race row last summer.

Laura Jean Mitchell, 25, was convicted of racially aggravated threatening behaviour towards Martha Renee Kolleh-McBorrough at the Yeanon Cafe in Bank Street in October.

Wakefield magistrates heard how Mrs Kolleh-McBorrough became national news last July when she put up a sign in her cafe warning customers she was black and not to come in if they were “allergic” to black people.

A trial heard how Mitchell came into the cafe on October 26 and accused the cafe owner of bumping into her car.

The court heard how Mitchell, of Healey Crescent, Ossett, uttered a racial insult and also threatened to slap Mrs Kolleh-McBorrough during a row.

Mitchell, of Healey Crescent, Ossett, denied the charge. She claimed she remained calm throughout, didn’t use any racial words or threaten to slap Mrs Kolleh-McBorrough. But she was found guilty this afternoon (Monday).

Magistrates fined Mitchell, who works with the elderly and disabled, £165. She was ordered to pay £300 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Please see this Friday’s Wakefield Express for a full report on the case.