Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Brendon O'Connell Released on $5000 Bail
Source A Perth man who allegedly posted an anti-Semitic video on YouTube has appeared in court on a charge of conduct likely to incite animosity or racist harassment.
Brendon Lee O’Connell, 38, of Maylands was released on $5000 bail and ordered not to go within 100m of the young Jewish man he allegedly taunted outside a South Perth shopping centre that was hosting a peaceful rally.
In Perth Magistrate's Court today, police requested that Mr O'Connell stay away from any Jewish facilities and Campbell Barracks.
While on bail, Mr O'Connell must report to police daily. He was remanded to reappear in court on June 9.
And what happened to the first person to be charged in Western Australia under these wonderful laws?
Street language ruled to be no racial slur
AN Aboriginal girl who kicked a woman and called her a "white slut" did not engage in racial vilification because the slur was common street language.
A magistrate from the West Australian goldfields threw out a landmark race-hate charge yesterday against the 16-year-old, saying the slur against Kalgoorlie woman Melissa Blackney was "the patois of the street".
So I guess Brendon has nothing to worry about.