Sunday, 18 March 2012

Here’s One I Made Earlier!

Andrea Edwards, prosecuting, said the incident occurred on March 12.

Parkes and another builder were working on a house in Bourneville Road when a neighbour, Richard Ives, asked if he could take his washing inside before they started work.
"Parkes began acting aggressively and called him 'a queer'," said Ms Edwards. The court heard Parkes shouted and swore at Mr Ives, subjecting him to more homophobic verbal abuse. "Mr Ives went inside and then left the house to pick up his partner," she said.
And that’s where it all went wrong…
"When they got back there was a piece of chipboard outside his house with a drawing of a penis and a homophobic slur written on it. There were also two models of penises that had been made out of cement, placed on his wall."
Sadly, there are no pictures, so we can’t grade him for anatomical accuracy…
Michael Parkes, 34, pleaded guilty in absence to using threatening words and behaviour at Bristol Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Bridget Sanger, defending, explained that Parkes could not attend court because at a separate hearing in November he had been thrown down the stairs by a co-defendant.

She said that Parkes, of Butlers Walk, St George, had broken his ankle and was housebound.
It just gets better and better…
Ms Sanger, defending, said Parkes maintained he did not make the models but had pleaded guilty to get the case dealt with quickly.

She said he used to be a heavy drinker but had tried to change.

Magistrates fined Parkes £200 and ordered him to pay Mr Ives £200 compensation. He must also pay £200 costs plus a £15 victim surcharge.

Oh, look! It’s that ‘victim surcharge’ again!

H/T: Gareth Lewis via email


Anonymous said...

Pics or it didn't happen :-)

Anonymous said...

Ah! the traditional 'throwing down stairs' retribution.
So effective and cheaper than prison.

JuliaM said...

"Pics or it didn't happen :-)"

I was rather disappointed! I didn't think you could 'mould' concrete that easily, either!

"Ah! the traditional 'throwing down stairs' retribution. "

Interestingly, they say 'a' co-defendant, not 'the' co-defendant. Perhaps a different trial?

Dick the Prick said...

If we're criminalising the old cock and balls motiff then every teenage lad should just pay their pocket money to the taxman. I can just imagine the 999 call....or probably not these days.