Deaf News: Deaf man prosecuted for calling police officer a “pig” in sign language

Posted on March 26, 2015

The Telegraph has reported that a Deaf man has been prosecuted after a police officer understood that the Deaf man had called him a “pig” in sign language.


A deaf man has been prosecuted after he called a police officer a “pig” in sign language.

The officer who arrested Linley Hassan, 25, understood the insult, a court heard.

He had been called to McDonalds in Kendal, Cumbria, after reports of a man “causing difficulties”, South Cumbria Magistrates Court was told.

Hassan, 25, of no fixed address, refused to leave the restaurant and became “confrontational” with the police.

Peter Kelly, prosecuting, said: “He was making a sign that the officer, who understood sign language, knew to mean ‘pig’.”

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