Woman charged over racist abuse of Mariam Veiszadeh

Jay-Leighsa Bauman arrives at Ipswich Magistrates Court in March (SBS/Stefan Armbruster) Source: SBS

A 22-year-old Queensland woman has faced court accused of delivering a torrent of racist abuse online against human rights activist Mariam Veiszadeh.

A 22-year-old Queensland woman has faced court accused of delivering a torrent of racist abuse online against human rights activist Mariam Veiszadeh.

Jay-Leighsa Bauman appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court today charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

She has yet to enter a plea to the charge.

Ms Bauman allegedly sent a barrage of abuse to Ms Veiszadeh, 30, via Facebook calling her a “whore”, a “rag-head” and demanded she return to her own "sand dune country."

Ms Veiszadeh, a Canberra-based lawyer, became the target of online hate campaign last year, after she rallied against a Woolworths supermarket in Cairns selling a singlet with the Australian flag and the slogan, "Love it or leave".

An anti-Islam group, the Australian Defence League, re-posted her comments to their 5,000 followers on Facebook leading to racist taunts and death threats against Ms Veiszadeh. 

Ms Bauman is due to reappear in court on March 17. 

Source SBS

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