Paul Peters, aged 33, of Holburne Road, Kidbrooke, was acquitted of racially aggravated criminal damage and a separate charge of criminal damage at Bexley Magistrates’ Court today.Well, well, well....
It was alleged Mr Peters deliberately dropped a bottle causing it to smash on the plaque in Well Hall Road where Mr Lawrence, 18, was stabbed to death in April 1993.Yes, there's CCTV monitoring the spot where St Stephen fell. You really couldn't make it up...
Mr Peters was caught on CCTV dropping the bottle at around 6.20pm on October 1.
Magistrates were told that the next day [October 2] street cleaners were called to clear up broken glass and liquid which covered the plaque, pavement and road, costing £20 to clear up.Wow! If only all street cleaners were so fast, and so diligent!
The excuse (for littering) is not a new one:
On the day in question Mr Peters said he was “out of his face” after drinking up to 10 cans of Stella at a friend’s house in Orpington, and did not remember what happened on his journey home, nor did he remember dropping the bottle.A simple case of littering. So, why charge him with something no-one could prove, what was in his mind when he did it?
He was returning home with his girlfriend and three children, aged two, four and six, by bus and had to get off the bus early as he was feeling ill, the court heard.
Mr Peters denied both charges and said he did not intend to drop the bottle on the plaque and that he did not even know the plaque was there.Yes, it seems the modern-day absurdity has reached new heights indeed. Drop that bottle a few feet to the left or right, and he'd be a simple litterbug. And no-one would have even bothered looking at the CCTV...
He also said he had “no problem with black people.”
He added: “It’s not nice being in the papers. I do not think I deserve that from dropping a bottle. I feel sick to the stomach.”Quite!
On returning the not guilty verdicts, chief magistrate Sue Adams said: “We accept his actions were careless. We are not of the view he genuinely appreciated the risks of his actions.”What 'risk' would that be?
The risk of a show trial to salve consciences, perhaps?