A man has provoked anger after he was caught urinating on a war memorial and then fined just £100.
David Skinner, 47, also had to pay a £20 victim surcharge after he was photographed relieving himself on the permanent monument in Margate, Kent. He appeared before Medway magistrates’ court on Wednesday having admitted outraging the public decency.
There are 696 names engraved on the memorial in Trinity Square, including servicemen who lost their lives in World Wars I and II in addition to 49 civilians killed.
The Royal British Legion called the act ‘senseless’ while former colonel Tim Collins said: ‘Unfortunately you can’t legislate for idiots.’
As reported by the Daily Mail, Pamela Pople, chair of the Margate Civic Society, said:
‘We are quite appalled really – it’s just lack of respect.
‘People laid down their lives and served their country – we are disappointed and disgusted.’
‘I think the public opinion would be very strong on this and people would be equally appalled. I was sent this photo, but I haven’t yet heard about the identity of this person.’
In November 2009, a 19-year-old student who was photographed urinating on poppies in Sheffield was spared jail. Philip Laing, from Cheshire, had been on a seven-hour drinking binge before relieving himself on the war memorial – he was given 250 hours of community service.