Christian hoteliers cleared in Muslim woman abuse row
A devout Christian couple have been cleared of insulting a Muslim guest because of her faith.
December 9, 2009
Benjamin and Sharon Vogelenzang were accused of launching a tirade against Ericka Tazi at the Bounty House Hotel in Aintree, Liverpool, in March.
The couple had denied using threatening, abusive or insulting words which were religiously aggravated.
The Crown Prosecution System said it was satisfied there had been sufficient evidence for a successful prosecution.
District judge Richard Clancy dismissed the case at Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs Tazi, who converted to Islam 18 months ago, spent a month at the hotel in Church Avenue while attending a course at Aintree Hospital.
She claimed the couple became enraged when she wore a hijab on her last day and accused Mr Vogelenzang, 53, of asking her if she was a murderer and a terrorist.
She also told the court Mr Vogelenzang called the Prophet Muhammad a murderer and a warlord and likened him to Saddam Hussein and Hitler.
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