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Queenstown cop discharged without conviction for racial abuse

A police officer who racially abused a taxi driver in Queenstown has been discharged without conviction.

Two weeks ago, Constable Jenny McNee, 44, was found guilty of recklessly using insulting words to Malaysian taxi driver Ganesh Paramanathan.

No conviction was entered when she appeared in the Queenstown District Court today and she was discharged.

On November 3 last year, Ms McNee 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."

Southern District Commander, Superintendent Andrew Coster, says evidence heard during the court case did not align with their values or its code of conduct but that they accepted the discharge.

"Everyday our police staff are striving to do their best for their communities," says Superintendent Coster.

"It is appropriate that we hold to account those who don't meet the standards of behaviour expected of them by the community. Raised by this case is the issue of respect for diversity in our communities; Police is an organisation that values diversity both in our own organisation and in our communities."

Judge Tony Couch said there were no direct consequences of conviction but there was the possibility of indirect consequences relating to future employment.

He said the words used were racist and undoubtedly insulting. ''Contemporary New Zealand society simply does not tolerate racism.''

Jenny McNee


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