Former cafe owner accused of harassing business rival with sex toy found guilty
A former cafe owner accused of harassing a business rival with a sex toy overturned the conviction on appeal.
Kerry Radley, 47, has been convicted of deliberately exposing a purple dildo in a car outside Judith Nudd’s tea room.
The two clashed after Judith opened a rival cafe just 20 yards from Kerry’s store.
The magistrates sentenced her for harassment after hearing how a young customer at the tea room asked her mother: “What is this purple cucumber?”
But this week, Kerry was cleared of any wrongdoing after the PSC decided “it was ‘not in the public interest’ to oppose her appeal.
Kerry, who now works as a yoga teacher, said: “This case has been a huge waste of police time, taxpayer dollars; a drain on public resources and the justice system.
“It has caused my family, friends and myself five years of stress, anxiety and money.
“I have been labeled and ridiculed in the press and online.
“I am over the moon and I thank all the people who have supported me during these difficult times.”
Kerry says she spent £ 75,000 to launch trendy Artisan Radley’s cafe in Salhouse on the Norfolk Broads in 2014.
Only nine months later, Judith and her advisor husband opened the doors of their Prima Rosa café.
Norwich magistrates have learned that business rivals were embroiled in a long-standing feud which culminated in the dildo incident in May 2018.
Mother-of-three Kerry has denied harassing Judith, but was convicted by Norwich Magistrates in February last year and fined £ 180, and paid £ 250 in costs and a victim surcharge of £ 30.
However, the fine and costs will now be refunded following his successful appeal to Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday.
Lawyer Oliver Haswell, who represented Kerry, said the ruling had “put an end to some torment” for her.
A spokesperson for the CPS added: “As in all cases, the evidentiary test and the public interest test must be passed for a prosecution to proceed.
“After careful consultation with both the police and the complainant, it was decided that the public interest test was no longer met in the proceedings and that we would not oppose the appeal to the Crown Court . “
Judith has been contacted for comment.