- A woman threatened to kill her Muslim neighbors
- She blew smoke in her baby's face and told them to leave the country
- She was spared jail because she has daughters and suffers from mental illnesses
- She was handed a restraining order
A mother who threatened to kill her Muslim neighbor and blew smoke in her baby's face has been spared jail.
Cheryl McKeown, 32, made a threatening gun gesture at Koutar Mrimou and blew smoke in her baby’s face.
The mother-of-two left rubbish strewn across Mrimou’s driveway and yelled: "This is becoming an Islamic Estate, you need to get your children out of this country."
McKeown was issued with a harassment warning after her neighbor made a number of allegations against her, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard.
Eniola Damilola, prosecuting, said Ms Mrimou was taking her children to school when McKeown confronted her eldest daughter last September.
McKeown told the daughter: "Tell your mum to get out of here, I am going to f***ing kill her."
Mrimou called the police and both neighbors were spoken to. The victim claimed she was in fear of her life and went to stay with her mother that weekend.
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Describing another incident in April last year, the prosecutor said McKeown had filmed people coming in and out of the victim’s house. "The defendant filmed her family members coming in and out of the house making loud vomiting noises as they left."
In an impact statement, the victim said that she and her family had been ‘emotionally drained’ and the harassment had a "major effect on her life." She described McKeown’sbehaviorr as "disgusting" and her quality of life at the time was "at the lowest it could be."
Anita Reece, defending, said McKeown had two young children, an ill mother that she has to take to medical appointments and was suffering from mental health issues.
She continued: "The victim and her used to be very good friends - even after these proceedings she is will to apologize to the victim."
District Judge Michael Snow spared her jail and handed a 26-week prison sentence suspended for two years.
McKeown was handed a restraining order against the victim to last for a period of two years and she will be the subject of a curfew.
She is also subject to a 30-day rehabilitation requirement and was ordered to pay costs of £300 ($426), compensation of £250 ($355) and a victim surcharge of £115 ($163).
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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