A coffee shop owner who left a purple sex toy in her car at a rival tea room has appealed her conviction for harassment.
Kerry Radley, 47, is said to have exhibited the toys in her Honda CR-V when it was parked next to the Prima Rosa cafe in Salhouse, Norfolk.
It followed a long running feud with owner Judith Nudd ‘sobbing and trembling’ when she saw the toy next to a card with the words ‘F ***’ and ‘W ***’ on the third anniversary of her team room opening.
Miss Radley admitted that she left her car on the spot and said it was a “protest” for taking advantage of tearoom customers she blamed for closing her business.
But she denied anything wrong and said the toys were a joke that a friend gave as a gift and fell out of a backseat without her knowledge.
Norfolk businesswoman Kerry Radley, pictured, is convinced she has harassed a rival business owner after the prosecution decided not to decline the application
Mrs. Radley refused to harass Judith and Martin Nudd, owners of the Prima Rosa tea room in Salhouse, Norfolk
The incident followed a long running feud between Miss Radley and Prima Rosa owner Judith Nudd, whose businesses were only 20 meters apart.
Norwich magistrates heard tearoom customers see the toys, including young children asking their mothers, “What’s that purple cucumber?”
Mother-of-three Miss Radley had denied that she had harassed 50-year-old Ms. Nudd and caused suffering by leaving the items in her car on May 22, 2018.
She was found guilty by the Norwich magistrates in February last year and was fined £ 180 and sentenced to £ 250 in costs and a victim charge of £ 30.
Ms Radley, pictured, was fined £ 180 and ordered to pay £ 250 in costs and a victim charge of £ 30 following her conviction in Norwich Magistrates’ Court in February 2019
Miss Radley was set aside from her conviction on Wednesday in Norwich Crown Court after the prosecution decided it was “not in the public interest” to object to her appeal.
It means that she will now be refunded her fine and costs.
Oliver Haswell, who represented Radley, said the decision had put an end to “torment” for her.
After the decision, she said she had been hoping for justice for five years and was now over the moon.
Miss Radley added that the matter “had brought stress and anxiety to her family and friends.”
She was acquitted at the original hearing of two other allegations of harassment of two female tea room customers offended by the sight of the sex toy.
Miss Radley opened her trendy artisanal coffee shop called Radley’s in August 2014 with a combined post office and store, claiming she had invested £ 75,000 in it.
Miss Radley opened her trendy artisanal coffee shop called Radley’s with a combined post office and store in August 2014, claiming she had invested £ 75,000 in it
Ms. Nudd and her 59-year-old councilor Martin opened their traditional tea room nine months later.
The dormant rivalry between the two companies boiled quickly, and both owners accused the other of intimidating and abusive behavior.
Mr. and Mrs. Nudd alleged that Radley had run an intimidation campaign against them by repeatedly taking photos of their buildings and staring inside.
Radley complained that her posters had gone missing, a sign had been destroyed, and fake bad reviews about her company had been posted online.
The Nudds denied being responsible for any incidents she described.
Radley, who has lived in Salhouse for 22 years, eventually closed her business in September 2017, claiming the bad feeling was partly to blame.
In December 2017, she received a communication from the Broadland District Council on Community protection for allegations of concern for Ms Nudd.
The order prohibited her from staring at Prima Rosa cafe from a vehicle without permission, whether it was a moving or stationary vehicle, entering the cafe or taking pictures of it.
Ms. Nudd and her 59-year-old councilor Martin opened their traditional tea room nine months later
She could have been fined up to £ 2,500 for breaking the terms.
Radley appealed the warrant and it was withdrawn by the council in January 2018. The council also paid her costs of £ 1,200.
Ms. Nudd testified via video last February, saying she felt “awful” from seeing the sex toy.
She told the court, “This has been going on for so long, it’s total intimidation. All I ever wanted was to be left alone. ‘
Josephine Allen, Prima Rosa customer, said: “The car was about five meters from the shop window. I saw a purple sex toy in the back seat in the car. There was also a swearing card.
“In the front passenger seat was an opened copy of the Daily Star that featured a topless woman.”
She said Ms. Nudd was “utterly distraught” when she spoke to her about it.
Mrs. Allen said, “She sobbed and trembled. I was quite shocked because it is not the everyday thing you would see in a small rural village in the back seat of a car. ‘
Another customer, Amanda Geary, said she visited the cafe on May 23, 2018 with her two children aged eight and nine.
Describing how her children looked in the car as they walked ahead, she said, “They asked,” What is that purple cucumber? ‘
She added, “They concentrated in the back seat with a really big purple sex toy and a map they were reading [a rude word] am working on it.’
The court heard how there had been “significant enmity” between Radley and others in Salhouse, including Mrs. Nudd and Mrs. Allen.
Radley said she parked in front of the tea room after being abused by a “handful” of people who left her threatening phone calls.
She told the court it was a “protest,” but claimed she had no intention of doing anything.
Radley added, “It was just that I had gotten so much online abuse … I didn’t want to offend anyone.”
She said she left two notes on the car’s dashboard: one with “OTT” and the other saying she wouldn’t move her car until the Nudds and their friends stopped bothering her.
Radley insisted that the sex toy and other items should not be seen unless someone looked in the car.
When asked about the sex toy and the explicit card, she said, “The things were in a bag. They were kidding for a friend. ‘
Presiding magistrate Val Khambatta said at the hearing, “The village of Salhouse is not so good.
“I think there is provocation on both sides. I think it should stop and we don’t want to see a party in court again.
He told Radley, “You should bring this. What you did was not very wise. The other side must keep an eye on how things get out of hand quickly. ‘
A Crown Prosecutor General spokesperson said, “As in any case, both the evidence test and the public interest test must be passed in order to continue the prosecution.
“After careful consultation with both the police and the complainant, it was decided that the public interest proceedings would cease to exist in the proceedings and that we would not oppose the appeal to the Crown Court.
“We gave the complainant a full explanation of our decision-making process in this matter.”
Miss Radley, a yoga teacher, said today, “This case was a huge waste of police time, taxpayers drained public funds and the justice system.”
Speaking about her disagreement with Mr. and Mrs. Nudd and her successful profession, she said, “This has caused my family, friends and me five years of stress, anxiety and money.
“I have been labeled and ridiculed in the media and online. I am over the moon and thank all those people who have assisted me during these difficult times. ‘
Ms Nudd has not yet responded to a request for comment.