Man who blacked up as minstrel at work Christmas party cleared of race hate crime

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Man who blacked up as minstrel at work Christmas party cleared of race hate crime

Brian Davies claimed he didn't know the show was racist

Brian Davies claimed he didnt know the show was racist (Picture: Ben Birchall/ PA Wire)

A man who dressed up as a black and white minstrel at a work party has been cleared of racially harassing a colleague.

Brian Davies, 62, was convicted of causing racially aggravated harassment, alarm or distress and ordered to pay £450 in February.

But today, Cardiff Crown Court said they could not be sure his behaviour was intended to be abusive to chef Loretta Doyley, and overturned the ruling.

The colleagues had been at the Priory Group Christmas party at the Coopers Carvery in Cardiff, when Davies, a maintenance engineer, blackened his face and performed a dance routine.

Judge David Wynn Morgan said the court deplored Daviess actions, but concluded his intention was to entertain and not cause upset.

Undated handout file photo issued by the Crown Prosecution Service of Brian Davies, who has successfully appealed against a conviction for racially harassing a black colleague after dressing up as a black and white minstrel at a work party. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 30, 2019. Davies, 62, had been ordered to pay ??450 in February for blacking up his face and directing a "racist" song and dance routine at the woman. See PA story COURTS Minstrel. Photo credit should read: Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

He performed the routine at the Christmas party (Picture: PA)

He said: The court is not persuaded on the basis of the criminal burden and standard of proof that the appellant intended his behaviour to be threatening or abusive towards the complainant and that he intended and demonstrated hostility, or was motivated by hostility, towards her based upon her membership of a racial group different to his.

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The court does not, emphatically, condone the appellants behaviour. The court deplores it. The court found the experience of watching the recorded evidence excruciating.

He added that Davies was not a man of profound, intelligence, wisdom or judgement, stating that his performance was a grotesque lapse of taste.

Davies had previously denied all knowledge that The Black And White Minstrel Show was considered to be derogatory and demeaning to black people.

He said: It didnt even cross my mind. I didnt even think of anything racist. I just thought I was dressing up as something that used to be on telly on a Sunday night.

File photo dated 20/02/19 of Brian Davies, who has has successfully appealed against a conviction for racially harassing a black colleague after dressing up as a black and white minstrel at a work party. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday May 30, 2019. Davies, 62, had been ordered to pay ??450 in February for blacking up his face and directing a "racist" song and dance routine at the woman. See PA story COURTS Minstrel. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The maintenance engineer has now been cleared of the conviction (Picture: PA)

Footage from the evening showed him wearing black face paint, with white paint arRead More – Source

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