A STORTFORD father today (Wednesday, February 6) denied calling a young woman a “golliwog,” saying he had a mixed race son of his own.
Dayne Robinson denied using the word outside a pub in the town, saying he would be very upset if his boy was subjected to racism.
He told St Albans Crown Court: "I am not a racist. I have a mixed race child who is seven. I would be very upset if he was subjected to racism.
"The word golliwog is not a word I would use. It is not in my vocabulary.”
Robinson, of Cavell Drive, is also alleged to have pulled Kayleigh Melville's hair outside the Black Lion in Bridge Street and when her friend Jasmine Woolcott intervened, the prosecution say he grabbed her round the throat.
He pleads not guilty to a charge of causing racially aggravated intentional harassment, alarm and fear of violence to Miss Melville and a second charge of assault by beating her and a further charge of assault by beating Miss Woolcott.
Robinson, who had downed nine pints of beer and taken cocaine, said he was in a good mood on the evening of June 2 last year. "Cocaine was not a normal thing - it was just to help me carry on."
He said he had acted in self defence when he saw a woman coming towards him. He said: "Everything was going on around me. I saw a girl. I thought: 'Christ what is going on?' and in self defence I stopped her.
“There were no punches, no physical attack on my part. I didn't have a clue what was going on."
Earlier Miss Melville alleged Mr Robinson said "There's a golliwog over there - I don't like golliwogs."
The case continues.