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Black judge wins race abuse case
Constance Briscoe (courtesy: The Voice)
Ms Briscoe is a barrister and part-time judge
A courier from London has been convicted of racially-abusing a black female judge.

Lee Death, 27, spurted out a torrent of abuse at Recorder of the Crown Court Constance Briscoe after stepping out in front of her car.

Ms Briscoe, a best-selling author, chased him by car and then led police to a nearby pub where he was arrested.

Death, of Sydenham, south-east London, was ordered to do 100 hours' unpaid work and pay 100 damages plus costs.

Best-selling book

Ms Briscoe, a practicing Barrister who sits as a judge for up to eight weeks a year, was driving past a pub in Whitefriars Street on 23 December 2005 when Death obstructed her.

After hurling the abuse, Death tried to run off, but the judge pursued him, preventing him from getting away in a taxi.

The 49-year-old followed him to The Alibi pub in Shoe Lane and alerted police, the City of London Magistrates Court heard.

Ms Briscoe, who lives in Clapham, south London, has been a barrister since 1983 and a part-time judge since 1996.

She recently published Ugly, a best-selling account of her abusive childhood as one of six children of Jamaican parents who settled in the UK in the 1950s.

Death, who works as a legal messenger, had denied the charges and plans to appeal against the conviction.


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