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After nearly blinding her dog with a hammer, homophobes say children’s entertainer is next

Joseph McCormick December 18, 2013
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A children’s entertainer who was last week targeted in a hate crime when her dog was hit with a hammer, has again been targeted with violent threats.

Guernsey police were investigating after 25-year-old children’s entertainer Jenny Harding, went to feed her six-year-old dog Alice yesterday, to find that her eye was bulging, and a bloody hammer had been found nearby. The dog’s eye had to be removed.

Her polka-dot van, used for Punch and Judy Shows was also covered with graffiti, which said “die filthy queer”.

Graffiti reading “Head down or u next” (sic), has now been spray-painted across her workshop door. Ms Harding was inside the shed while the threat was sprayed onto the door.

The incident took place on Saturday between 6 and 9pm on Sunday.

She said: “When I came out I closed the door and just stood there. It took me a few times before the words sunk in and then I grabbed Alice [her dog] and ran to the cottage. It has made me a lot more worried now.

“But I am not going to hide away because somebody is trying to intimidate me.”

Ms Harding is trained as a clown, a trick rider, Punch and Judy puppeteer, high-wire and fire acts.

Guernsey currently does not have civil partnerships, or same-sex marriage, and gay couples cannot adopt.

Discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity has been banned in Guernsey since 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Related topics: attack, guernsey, hammer, Hate crime, jenny harding

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