Post by Graveyardbride on Aug 9, 2014 7:39:41 GMT -5
Man fined for pretending to be ghost in Portsmouth cemetery
PORTSMOUTH, Devonshire, England – A man has been fined for pretending to be a ghost and other rowdy behaviour in a cemetery.
Anthony Stallard pleaded guilty at Portsmouth magistrate’s court to using threatening or abusive words or behavior likely to cause distress. The court heard that the 24-year-old had been out drinking with friends when they went to Kingston cemetery (above) in Portsmouth, where they started to play football.
A Hampshire police spokesman said that witnesses complained to police about Stallard's rowdy behavior and his pretending to be a ghost. "The witnesses reported the group engaging in rowdy behaviour and one of them throwing their arms in the air and saying 'Woooooo,' he said.
Stallard, of Southsea, Hampshire, was fined £35 ($58) and ordered to pay a £20 ($34) victim surcharge and £20 ($34) in costs. He also had an extra three months added to a conditional charge for previous harassment which he was found to be in breach of, according to a Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman. A charge of causing criminal damage to gravestones was dismissed.