Fresh jail cell details emerge in Sam Kerr ‘racism’ saga

Source: Sky Sports WSL

Fresh details have emerged about the night Sam Kerr was arrested for allegedly using a racist slur against a London police officer.

Kerr, the Matildas captain and Chelsea star striker, spent time in a police cell after the alleged incident took place, it has been revealed.

It comes after The Australian obtained court documents that revealed more details about the alleged incident on January 30, 2023.

Kingston Crown Court also heard there could be police body camera video clips and potentially CCTV footage from outside a police station where the offence was alleged to have happened in Twickenham, south-west London.

Kerr was interviewed by police after her arrest and her defence team has requested transcript and audio of that interview and any vision from body cam footage.

The Sun newspaper has reported Kerr allegedly called the police officer a “stupid white bastard”. However, reports have since said her lawyers disputed her using the word “bastard”.

The 30-year-old was charged with “using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, thereby causing a person harassment, alarm or distress and that the office was racially aggravated within the terms of Section 28 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 after an incident involving a taxi fare”, the court heard, according to the report. Kerr plead not guilty at the hearing on March 4, 2024.

She had been out celebrating Chelsea’s FA Cup victory over Liverpool with friends.

The trial is listed for four or five days in February 2025, but it is not expected it would take that long.

The Australian reported Judge Judith Costello said: “Should there be any change in your position … the sooner you plead guilty to this matter, if that is your intention and your wish, the earlier you do that the better, do you understand?”

“You will lose credit as time goes on and should you be convicted after trial; you will lose all credit you might otherwise have obtained. Are you clear on all of that?”

Kerr replied: “Yes”.

The striker was told she had to lodge her full defence statement by May 7, 2024.

The prosecution must submit its evidence by April 9, 2024.

Football Australia has pledged its support for Sam Kerr amid reports of a split with its star player after her surprise appearance in a London court this week.

Kerr has yet to comment publicly after pleading not guilty to racially aggravated harassment of a police officer.

Football Australia chief executive James Johnson said in an earlier statement that he wanted to “reaffirm our support for Sam Kerr amidst the current allegations”.

“Sam has pleaded not guilty and her right to a fair and just legal process is important,” he said.

“We trust the judicial system to handle this matter appropriately and urge respect for the legal proceedings.

“We are in touch with Sam and her team and Football Australia is committed to supporting Sam throughout this process.”

That statement came after reports of a falling out between Kerr’s camp and FA over the handling of the incident.

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