Mother who shouted racist insults at pregnant Irish woman avoids jail

Mother who shouted racist insults at pregnant Irish woman avoids jail

A LIVERPOOL mother-of-two who racially abused a pregnant Irish woman has avoided prison.

Kim Canavan, 49, of Princess Drive, West Derby, shouted insults at two women in separate incidents, one Irish and one mixed race woman.

Following a guilty plea and a 15-year period of good behaviour, Canavan was handed a four-month suspended prison sentence for 12 months at Liverpool Crown Court this week.

The Irish victim, who was five months pregnant, had illegally parked her car outside a chemist on February 28, 2014, the Liverpool Echo reports.

Kim Canavan, also known as Kim Kennedy, verbally abused the Irish woman, according to prosecutor Nigel Booth.

“If you weren’t pregnant I would smash your face in,” she had said to the victim.

Mr Booth added: “She [Canavan] said ‘you’re nothing but a dirty looking gypsy. I will spare you the bother of waiting the term’.”

He explained that the heavily pregnant Irish victim feared for the safety of her unborn child.

Mr Booth said: "She says the defendant is making her life a misery."

Canavan’s second victim, a woman of mixed race origin, was abused on May 14, 2014, as she was walking with her six-year-old son, and on another occasion on June 19.

Defence lawyer Paul Kilty said the woman was previously prosecuted for assaulting Canavan, but the charges were dropped before a trial.

Judge Long, said to Canavan: “I don’t know why you’re so highly strung, or why you resort to foul mouthed, appalling language in encounters with people you come across.

“These episodes were significantly aggravated by the fact you chose insults based on the culture and heritage of the people you were arguing with, which both people found very distressing.”

Canavan was given a yearlong supervision order and will have to attend a ‘Promoting Human Dignity’ programme.

She was also given a restraining order against contacting either of her victims, which will be in place for five years.