A former coffee shop owner who was accused of harassing a business rival with a sex toy has overturned the conviction on appeal.
Kerry Radley, 47, was found guilty of deliberately putting a purple dildo on display in a car outside Judith Nudd’s tea room.
The pair clashed after Judith opened a rival cafe just 20 yards away from Kerry’s shop.
Magistrates convicted her of harassment after hearing how one young customer at the tearoom had asked their mum: “What is that purple cucumber?”
But this week Kerry was cleared of any wrongdoing after the CPS decided “it was “not in the public interest” to oppose her appeal.
Kerry, who now works as a yoga teacher, said: “This case was a massive waste of police time, taxpayers’ money; a drain on public resources and the court system.
“This has caused my family, friends and me five years of stress, anxiety and money.
“I have been labeled and ridiculed in the press and online.
“I am over the moon and thank all those people that stood by me during these difficult times.”
Kerry says she spent £75,000 launching trendy Artisan coffee shop Radley’s in Salhouse on the Norfolk Broads back in 2014.
Only nine months later Judith and her councillor husband opened the doors of their Prima Rosa café.
Norwich magistrates heard the business rivals were involved in a long-running feud culminating in the dildo incident in May 2018.
Mum-of-three Kerry denied harassing Judith but was found guilty by Norwich magistrates in February last year and fined £180, and ordered to pay £250 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
However, the fine and costs will now be repaid following her successful appeal at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday.
Lawyer Oliver Haswell, who represented Kerry, said the decision had “brought an end to some torment” for her.
A CPS spokesperson added: “As in every case, both the evidential test and public interest test must be passed for a prosecution to continue.
“After careful consultation with both the police and the complainant, the decision was taken that the public interest test was no longer met in proceeding and that we would not oppose the appeal in the Crown Court.”
Judith has been contacted for comment.