The court heard that the 25-year-old Mark D'arcy-Smith was having an after work drink with a friend at the Richmal Crompton in Westmoreland Place, Bromley, on November 8, 2019, when staff brought over a plate with a single banana on it and an accompanying receipt.
When the shocked communications professional told them neither he nor his friend had ordered the item, it was explained that they had received an order via the pub's app for a single banana costing 30p to go to table number 102 - the one they were sitting at. Mr D'arcy-Smith explained he felt humiliated by the incident, which he firmly believed was racially motivated. He said: "We both looked at each other then looked at the banana. It clicked that it wasn't ours. It was clearly sent by someone who was trying to be racist."
When he next walked past the pub even the memory of what had happened left him trembling and his hands feeling shaky, he said.
Oh, harden up, Princess!
Kincella was arrested on 17 January at his home address.While he did not deny being in the pub and admitted to ordering the banana, he insisted it was done 'for a joke' and that he did not intend for it to go anywhere other than his own table.
He was charged on April 3.
Whew! That's a long investigation.
After the result, the victim paid tribute to the investigating officer for her efforts. He said: "Hearing the verdict felt like a massive weight was lifted from my shoulders.
“I can't thank DC Heywood and the Met enough for their support and guidance throughout."
Well, there's one satisfied customer, anyway.
Detective Inspector Stuart Hart, head of the Safeguarding Team, added: "There was no CCTV available, and it was not a straightforward matter to identify the suspect.
“This required a painstaking investigation by my lead officer, who paid meticulous attention to minor details in order to gather the vital evidence that led to this successful result."
How difficult could it have really been to trace an order from an app on a mobile phone, FFS!? One that required bank details..?
He was fined a total of £600 and has to pay costs of £620 in addition.
I bet the investigation and trial itself cost multiple thousands more. Is this really a good way to spend public funds?