'Coconut' row Bristol City councillor found guilty

Shirley Brown was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £620 costs

Related Stories

A councillor has been found guilty of racial harassment after she called a political opponent a "coconut".

Liberal Democrat Shirley Brown called Asian Conservative Jay Jethwa a "coconut" during a debate at Bristol City Council in February 2009.

District Judge Simon Cooper, sitting at Bristol Magistrates' Court, told Brown: "You made a mistake this time. You have to accept responsibility."

He gave Brown a 12-month conditional discharge.

She was also ordered to pay £620 costs, following the trial on Monday.

The term coconut has been used to accuse someone of betraying their race or culture by implying that, like a coconut, they are brown on the outside but white on the inside.

Brown, who is black, had pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The councillor, who represents the Ashley ward of the city, has faced calls to step down from the council.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Bristol

Weather

Bristol

Min. Night 7 °C

Features

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.