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Racist threats by angry Burnley gran
A ‘VOLATILE’ grandmother made racist threats when a family dispute boiled over, a court was told.
Burnley magistrates heard how fuming Antonella Dyster, 46, had turned up at the home of mixed race mother-of-two Kaylee Riley with an accomplice, who threw a brick through a window after a doorstep row.
Dyster then said she would 'snap the necks' of some 'black' relatives and threatened to hit Ms Riley's mother, who is of West Indian heritage.
The hearing was told Dyster, who is on medication for depression, was said to think it was better to call people than hit them.
The defendant, of Cog Lane, Burnley, admitted racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm or distress on July 22, in the town.
She was given a six month community order with supervision and must attend the Lancashire Women's Specified Activity Requirement. She was told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
The bench said she had used extreme language and distress would have been caused to everyone involved, but they were pleased Dyster was trying to deal with her emotional problems.
Andrew Robinson, prosecuting, said there had been an incident between the parties a couple of days ago and some sort of fight may have taken place.
Ms Riley, who described herself as mixed race, had then phoned the defendant, saying she did not want any problems, the discussion became heated and Dyster used racial words. Mr Robinson said at 10.30am, the defendant arrived at the victim's home, said 'Watch this' and pretended to throw a brick. The man with Dyster did then break a window.
Mark Williams, for Dyster, told the hearing Ms Riley was the sister of the defendant's daughter's partner and Dyster's grandchild was the complainant’s niece.
The defendant had decided to go and sort the situation out, not least because there was going to be a family Christening, to which all were invited. Dyster, who had medical problems and was on benefits, could not believe she said some of the comments attributed to her.
The court was told by the probation service the defendant admitted she had a problem with her temper and that she would get worked up and upset. She had asked to be referred to the community mental health team.