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Racist Kellie Wells dubs Gillingham neighbour Pamela Bower 'black gorilla' and pelts her with flour and water

A racist mother hurled foul abuse at a neighbour and pelted her with a mixture of flour and water, a court heard.

After climbing the garden fence and covering Pamela Bower in the messy solution, Kellie Wells told her: “You are now white British.”

She had also called Miss Bower “a black gorilla”, told her to go back to her country and threatened to burn down her house in Hollingbourne Road, Gillingham.

The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court
The case was heard at Maidstone Crown Court

Mother-of-three Wells, 42, is now facing sentence after admitting racially aggravated harassment.

She denied the flour incident happened but a judge believed the allegation made by the victim.

The two women had previously been good friends but Bower’s racist campaign started after they fell out.

Wells, who has a bail address in Adelaide Road, Gillingham, said in a basis of plea that she accepted the victim’s account of racist abuse between May and July last year, but claimed she was not at home on July 15 when the flour was thrown.

She stated they used to be friends but there was a long-running dispute where “things got of control”.

Asked about the flour incident, Miss Bower said by TV link to the court that she was sitting in her garden drinking a cup of tea in the afternoon talking to her sister in South Africa by phone.

“Kellie Wells climbed on the fence,” she told Maidstone Crown Court. “It is 6ft tall. She was making some racist comments like ‘Go back to your country you gorilla creature’.

“She had an ice cream container. She threw it at me. It hit me on the head. I was covered in flour. I said: ‘What have I done to you?’

“Her friend was laughing and pointing at me. Kellie said: ‘You are now white British.’ I went in the house. I was upset.”

Miss Bower said she called the police. Because she was told officers would not arrive for two hours she had a shower. They did not arrive until the next day.

“They have fallen out quite significantly. I suspect alcohol had a significant part to play so far as Miss Wells is concerned..” - Recorder Gordon Reed

Questioned by James Martin, defending, she said she did not think about taking any photos of herself.

“I didn’t see myself sitting there covered in white stuff,” she added.

Miss Bower said she only had dummy security cameras at her house. Wells, she claimed, had told her to take them down.

Recorder Gordon Reed said he could find no reason for Miss Bower fabricating the account.

Wells had told lies to the police, which was relevant to her credibility.

“The parties were once upon a time good friends,” he said. “They have fallen out quite significantly. I suspect alcohol had a significant part to play so far as Miss Wells is concerned.”

Adjourning sentence until July 18 for reports and granting bail, the judge said: “Custody is certainly under consideration.”

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