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"Timothy Gledhill, 40, wept in court when he was told a judge would not be overturning the conviction.
Gledhill feared professional ruin after he was found guilty of soaking his furious victim with a child’s toy in a “humiliating” attack during two heated rows.
During the appeal at Canterbury Crown Court, he admitted to the judge and two magistrates that he couldn’t rule out that the water had not accidentally hit Catherine Weir in the attack."
"However he insisted: “I haven’t done anything wrong. She was just trying to get me into trouble. It isn’t illegal to hold a water pistol. It’s just a toy.”
The court had been played a recording of the incident made by Ms Weir in which she was heard shouting: “Stop it, stop it. Stop shooting at me.”
Judge Nigel Van Der Bijl and the magistrates dismissed Gledhill’s appeal saying they could not accept his version of events.
originally posted by: Revolution9
a reply to: RomeByFire
Sorry, but I am not buying your take on this.
There have been a lot of acid attacks on former partners. It does not take too much imagination to see how a water pistol could be used to humiliate. The police do it to protestors (though at much higher pressures - water canon).
If you mess with me or my space when I do not want you to then you are imposing yourself. I have always felt like this. Your space is your space and mine is mine. Where I live in England is a very wealthy middle class white area. I have different racial features and I am not very big. I have many problems and have to assert myself continually. People have become very bully like in recent years. I think it is high time we are guaranteed the space of our own being without nasty overbearing and physically interfering bigoted sexists and racists invading that to the point of making our lives hell.
That is the other side of the coin you tossed OP!
I apologize, moments like those are worth living for, people don't normally call the cops and press assault charges for minor instances such as these.
originally posted by: Shamrock6
a reply to: eNumbra
Since the OP can't provide a link I will. The first three results were the inquisitor, daily mail, and daily mirror. I'll use a yahoo news link, though.
His "punishment" is a 400 pound fine and a 12 month conditional discharge.
And yet we want to talk about the victim of the case making a big deal over nothing? This guy is wailing about professional and personal ruin when it's going to be dismissed in 12 months.
The irony is thick.