Thursday, February 02, 2017
Tenant's 'old queen' taunt sees her on trial for hate speech
The case was a continuation of a trial which began last year‚ where Timothy Trengrove-Jones‚ of Gleneagles flats in Killarney‚ accused co-tenant Elvira Oelofse of hate speech.
During an argument in July 2016 involving the installation of nets over plumbing ducts at the flats ‚ Trengrove-Jones‚ who is gay‚ alleged that Oelofse called him a "f****** old queen".
The nets were being installed to stop pigeons from settling in ducts but Oelofse feared the birds would be harmed and got into an altercation with workmen‚ warning them that she knew Japanese martial arts.
Oelofse and Trengrove-Jones then started arguing and he was referred to as being "common" and "disgusting" in addition to a “old queen”.
Previously the court heard Trengrove-Jones testify that the insult “was based on my identity as a gay male (and) aimed to mock me on the basis of my sexuality".
Trengrove-Jones is seeking an apology and R50‚000 in damages.
It sounds like he really was an old queen, hyphen and all