Policewoman's racial abuse makes global news

Last updated 10:19 03/09/2014
Jenny McNee
Jenny McNee
Taxi driver
Queenstown Taxis managing director Grant Scannell and driver Ganesh Paramanathan leaving court.

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A Queenstown policewoman found guilty of racially abusing a Malaysian taxi driver has made headlines in India and Malaysia.

Constable Jeanette May McNee, 44, known as Jenny, was found guilty in the Queenstown District Court yesterday of using insulting words to Ganesh Paramanathan on November 3 last year.

Judge Tony Couch said he found she had used the words: "F... off to India, you come here and get all the Kiwi jobs. Eat your f...... curry and f... off to India. This is a Kiwi job."

He did not enter a conviction because McNee's lawyer said she would apply for a discharge without conviction.

The trial has been picked up by several major news outlets in India and Malaysia, including the New Indian Express, the Times of India, New Delhi Television and Malaysian websites the Rakyat Post and Free Malaysia Today.

After the verdict Southern District police commander Superintendent Andrew Coster said in a statement police acknowledged the court's finding and McNee remained on leave without pay.

It is not the first time New Zealand has come under global scrutiny for racist abuse of taxi drivers.

Invercargill man Gregory Shuttleworth was filmed racially abusing Pakistan-born taxi driver Tariq Humayun in July last year.

In the footage, Shuttleworth can be heard telling Humayun to "f... off and go back to where you come from".

The video, captured on Humayun's iPhone camera, went viral, appearing on news sites throughout the world.
Police issued Shuttleworth with a formal written warning.

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