Ulverston man who hurled obscenities at remembrance event fined £120
Last updated at 16:17, Thursday, 16 January 2014
AN ULVERSTON man who yelled obscenities during a three-minute silence at a remembrance service in Ulverston has been fined.
James Hayes, 39, of North Lonsdale Road, pleaded guilty at Furness Magistrates’ Court to causing the disturbance at a memorial service in Ulverston for the First World War.
The service was held on November 11 of last year.
Many dignitaries attended to pay their respects, including Ulverston councillor Norman Bishop-Rowe, the court heard.
It was mid-afternoon when Hayes began causing disturbances, but being dealt with by police did not prevent him from pushing his offensiveness further.
A drunken Hayes went on an expletive-riddled rant to the shocked crowd, during the three minutes of respectful silence, initially yelling he was not a member of the Taliban.
Hayes insulted onlookers. He shouted: “I was brought up by Muslims and you’re killing all of them.”
Following his outburst, Hayes hopped on a bike and attempted to flee the scene. He was caught and arrested shortly afterwards, magistrates were told.
Throughout the hearing Hayes repeatedly shook his head and mumbled under his breath but, the court heard, he had apologised to police for his behaviour.
Mr Andrew Gibson, defending, told the court of Hayes’s drug habit, and how he had moved to Ulverston from Manchester in order to stay off drugs.
Mr Gibson said Hayes was on benefits, and that any fines would have to be deducted from what he received.
Chairwoman of the bench, Mrs Catherine Alexander, said: “You caused a great deal of offence to a lot of people.
“We were considering giving you a band C fine, but we have changed that to a band B fine, as your actions were particularly nasty.”
Hayes was given a £120 fine. He was also ordered to pay £80 of legal costs and a victim surcharge of £20.
After being given the sentence Hayes made a comment to the three magistrates. When Mrs Alexander asked him to repeat himself, he told her: “It doesn’t matter.”
First published at 16:06, Thursday, 16 January 2014
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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cos he is on benefits
sedan chaired out of courtroom
treat with kid gloves
Disgraceful!!!! Religion had no place in a WW1 remembrance service. None working, benefit claiming people should NEVER get a fine!! What's the point it's not their money! And he probably qualify for free "food bank" food and alcoholics beer tokens.! Â£180 fine should be 180 hours community service!! After all it sounds like he had nothing better to do that get drunk in an afternoon..!
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