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Charges dropped in golliwog case

CHARGES DROPPED: Yesterday (Oct 24) a court ruled that racial harassment charges against Jena Mason (pictured) would be withdrawn

CHARGES AGAINST a white woman who allegedly displayed a golliwog in her window have been dropped.

Yesterday (Oct 24) a court ruled that racial harassment charges against Jena Mason, who was arrested after her neighbour Rosemarie O'Donnell, who is black, complained about the doll to police, would be withdrawn.

O'Donnell, who has two mixed-race children, said that the golliwog, which faced her driveway, had caused offence to her and her family.

However, prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to prove Mason was the person who placed the doll in the window.


OFFENSIVE: This is the golliwog doll that was displayed in Jena Mason's window

"To establish that an offence had been committed, it would have been necessary to prove that Jena Mason was the person who placed the doll in such a prominent position likely to cause her neighbours racially-aggravated harassment, alarm or distress.

"On the evidence available, it is not possible to show exactly who was responsible for placing the doll in the window. Despite further inquiry and review, we have determined that the evidence is insufficient and there is not a realistic prospect of conviction," the prosecution stated.

Mason, who had previously been involved in a dispute with the O'Donell's over building planning permission, denies displaying the item and has said the whole issue was a misunderstanding.

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