Ex-council employee suspended
A SOCIAL worker, found guilty of a racially aggravated assault, has been suspended for two years.
The General Social Care Council heard at a conduct hearing, in London, last week, how Katy Robinson, abused an Asian taxi driver in Windsor in the early hours of February 20, last year.
Miss Robinson, employed by the Royal Borough at the time of the incident, swore at the un-named driver after asking him how much a fare to Holyport would be. She then threw her shoe at his vehicle.
When the driver got out of the car, he was punched. As the driver fell, he grabbed Miss Robinson's lapel and they both fell over a wall.
She then punched the driver three or four times in the face before being pulled away by her boyfriend.
The tribunal committee said Miss Robinson clearly "engaged in gratuitous and deeply offensive racially aggravated abuse upon a taxi driver who was merely plying his trade.
"She and her partner engaged in an unprovoked attacked upon him causing him injuries and no doubt a great deal of distress. Moreover the seriousness and nature of these offences, in the judgment of the committee, plainly amount to behaviour outside work which calls in to question the Registrant's suitability to work in social care services.
"The facts as set out above clearly speak for themselves."
Miss Robinson was convicted of the assault at East Berkshire Magistrates' Court on September 26, last year.
She was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £300 to the unnamed victim and £750 to the Crown Prosecution Service.
Heather Andrews, head of safeguarding and specialist services for children and young people at the Royal Borough , said: "The current suspension is the result of a due process through the General Social Care Council."
She added: "Katy Robinson has not worked for the Royal Borough since last May."
There was no further comment from the council.
Miss Robinson chose not to attend the hearing in Aldersgate Street, in London on Tuesday last week.