In front of fam­i­lies, court told

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­daysport.co.uk

A DRUNKEN woman twice uri­nated on a war memo­rial in broad day­light in front of shocked fam­i­lies, a court heard.

One of the wee al­leged in­ci­dents hap­pened on the eve of the cen­te­nary of the Bat­tle of the Somme, it is al­leged.

Basil­don Mag­is­trates’ Court was told Kelly Martin, 42, pulled down her trousers and re­lieved her­self on June 30 at the re­mem­brance mon­u­ment in Grays, Es­sex. The fol­low­ing day was the 100th an­niver­sary of the start of the Somme of­fen­sive, which be­gan on July 1 1916 and cost hun­dreds of thou­sands of lives.

Martin was on bail at the time, hav­ing been ar­rested for uri­nat­ing at the struc­ture in April, when there were still Re­mem­brance poppy wreaths on it.

On both oc­ca­sions she was among a crowd of peo­ple around the memo­rial when she dropped her trousers and re­lieved her­self, her trial heard.

Pc James Shel­ton, of Es­sex Po­lice, who ar­rested her af­ter the al­leged April 13 in­ci­dent, told the court he was “shocked” by what he saw tak­ing place in front of 15-20 peo­ple.

He told the court: “For me, the war memo­rial is some­thing that we need to re­mem­ber in terms of peo­ple who gave their lives for us.


“We hold them in our hearts. I was so dis­gusted that some­one could be so de­lib­er­ately of­fen­sive to­wards it.

“I looked around in dis­be­lief. In par­tic­u­lar I saw a mother that had a child in a pushchair.

“She was try­ing to shield her child’s eyes from what was hap­pen­ing.”

Home­less Martin is also ac­cused of throw­ing a bot­tle at, and ver­bally abus­ing, a para­medic at the memo­rial on June 30.

She de­nies two charges of out­rag­ing pub­lic de­cency, one of com­mon as­sault and one of using threat­en­ing or abu­sive lan­guage.

The case con­tin­ues.

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