Judge Resigns over Outrageous Racist Comments

‘ With a name like Patel, she won’t be working anywhere important’
Such outrageous racial slur about an Indian-origin female victim have forced the deputy district judge, Richard Hollingworth to resign.

Richard Hollingworth was hearing a case of harassment at Preston magistrates court when he asked lawyers to fetch the harassment victim so he could finish sentencing that afternoon.

The prosecutor Rachel Parker said that it was a very short notice and she was unsure if the victim, Deepa Patel could attend the court due to work commitments. The judge asked where she worked and Parker said she did not know. The district judge then allegedly replied:
‘It won’t be a problem. She won’t be working anywhere important where she can’t get the time off. She’ll only be working in a shop or an off-licence.’

Miss Parker was baffled at such an outrageous remark and asked the judge to clarify his comment. Hollingworth added,
‘With a name like Patel, and her ethnic background, she won’t be working anywhere important where she can’t get the time off. So that’s what we’ll do.’

The victim Deepa Patel was shocked at disgusting remarks being passed on, especially by a deputy district judge.

Following the judge’s remarks, Ms Parker withdrew as a prosecutor saying she is professionally embarrassed and cannot prosecute this case any further.

An official complaint was lodged against Hollingworth by the Crown Prosecution Service and the judge resigned subsequently.

Though Hollingworth has resigned as deputy district judge, he remains an immigration judge for the Asylum and Immigration Chamber – but is not hearing any cases while he is investigated over his alleged comments.


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