Rant shocks fam­ily

A CLOVERDALE mother said her chil­dren were too scared to go out­side af­ter a vi­o­lent out­burst from a neigh­bour, who pleaded guilty to charges in the Perth Mag­is­trates Court last month.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Su­sanne Reilly

“MY kids were too fright­ened to go out­side… they thought they were go­ing to get killed.”

Th­ese heart­break­ing words came from Cloverdale mother Brenda Ojwang, whose kids were at the cen­tre of a racist at­tack that went vi­ral over so­cial me­dia in April.

The video was up­loaded to Tu­maini Magorwa’s per­sonal Face­book page and showed their 51-year-old neigh­bour, Michelle Ja­cob­sen, ver­bally at­tack­ing the couple over noise their chil­dren were al­legedly making.

It then showed the woman come on to their side of the fence with a crow­bar.

The Gazette sat down with Ms Ojwang af­ter the in­ci­dent, who said her chil­dren were too scared to play out­side.

“They con­tin­u­ally asked me, ‘Is the lady go­ing to come and kill us’?” she said.

Ms Ojwang said the in­ci­dent occurred when the chil­dren were play­ing on their bikes in the drive­way.

“My old­est, who is six years old, came to me in­side the house and said there was a lady say­ing bad words to them,” she said.

“She con­tin­ued to ver­bally abuse me over the fence, so we called the po­lice. The sec­ond in­ci­dent occurred af­ter the po­lice had left.”

The video showed the neigh- bour armed and block­ing cars from leav­ing the property.

“I took the chil­dren in­side af­ter that,” she said.

Ms Ojwang al­leged the neigh­bour also sprayed wa­ter from her hose on the chil­dren, in­clud­ing a 17-month-old, and threat­ened them.

“It was very fright­en­ing,” she said.

South East Met­ro­pol­i­tan Dis­trict Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Co-or­di­na­tor Sergeant Matt Sharp could not com­ment on the in­ci­dent but said ev­ery­one had the right to feel safe.

“The fact that this fam­ily didn’t feel safe in their own home is ter­ri­ble,” he said.

“WA Po­lice are work­ing hard within the com­mu­nity, across the met­ro­pol­i­tan area, to en­sure ev­ery­one feels safe, es­pe­cially in their own homes.”

The Gazette ap­proached the neigh­bour af­ter the in­ci­dent but she re­fused to com­ment.

She has pleaded guilty to go­ing armed in pub­lic likely to cause fear, dis­or­derly con­duct and con­duct likely to racially ha­rass. She faced Perth Mag­is­trate’s Court on Novem­ber 23 and re­ceived a sus­pended prison or­der.

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Life has changed for the worse for the fam­ily of Tu­maini Magorwa and Brenda Ojwang since a racist, vi­o­lent in­ci­dent.

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