31/10/2008

'Leprechaun' Jibe Case Dropped

A Liverpool teenager who allegedly called her pregnant Northern Ireland-born neighbour a leprechaun, and swore at her, has had the case dropped.

Andeliza Tucker was accused of insulting Belfast-born Helen Vince in June during a long-running feud.

Ms Tucker, 18, had been charged with racially aggravated harassment and was being tried at Liverpool Crown Court when prosecutors abruptly withdrew the case.

A Criminal Prosecution Services spokesman, however, said it had been right to prosecute her. He said: "We reviewed the case and in the light of the evidence served that morning, decided there was no longer a realistic prospect of conviction."

Ms Tucker had claimed in her defence that she was talking about leprechauns after watching a film about them.

(JM)(BMcC)

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