Woman fined for racist rant at Turkish taxi driver in Warrington

A drunk mother who subjected a taxi driver to foul-mouthed abuse has been fined for her bad behaviour by Warrington Magistrates Court.

Joanna Brophy, 32, shouted: “You do not belong in this country”, and “You f*ing coloured tw*t” at Özkan Koç.

According to press reports, the incident occurred around 1am, as Koç was dropping Brophy and her two young children, and another child, off at her family home.

Mr Koç, who is originally from Turkiye, called the police as he feared being attacked by the inebriated woman.

Brophy had been due to look after the youngsters for a sleepover at her home in Latchford, Warrington, Cheshire. However, she ended up being arrested by the police instead.

After sobering up in police cells, Brophy claimed she could barely remember what she said to the cabbie, but accepted the charges against her.

Brophy pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment and being drunk in charge of a child. She was fined £200 at Warrington Magistrates Court, and was also ordered to pay £100 in compensation to Mr Koç.

Racially or religiously aggravated harassment falls under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Serious offenders can face up to two years in custody.