Skirt-ban-man breaches ASBO
From BBC News 06/05/10:
A man banned from wearing skirts or showing bare legs on school days has been found guilty of breaching an Asbo.
Peter Trigger, 60, from Farndon Close, Northampton, was given an anti-social behaviour order in December 2008.
He is forbidden from behaving in a manner which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Northampton Magistrates' Court found him guilty of harassing his neighbours but declined to activate a suspended prison sentence he also faced.
Trigger had been banned from wearing a skirt or showing bare legs on a school day between 0830 and 1000 and 1445 and 1600 GMT or BST, the court was told.
What about lunch periods though? Some schoolchildren return home for lunch and what kid deserves to be subjected to that sight, lurking about on the pavement? Anyone seeing Trigger bending over awkwardly, supposedly fiddling with his shoe-laces while dressed in his school-girl get-up, would surely lose their appetite or require several hundred hours of counselling. Or both.
Magistrates found him guilty of breaching the Asbo by deliberately bending over in front of his neighbours early in the morning on 16 December last year, causing them harassment, alarm and distress.
I should think it did!
Trigger was given the Asbo, which runs until 2013, in December 2008 after parents complained he was waiting near a primary school in the town dressed in clothes similar to school uniform.
He also has a 12-week suspended prison sentence for exposure imposed last year.
Bending over, using the the ‘tying shoe laces’ or ‘picking up debris’ excuse like that was never going to wash in court, though. The judge spared Trigger a jail term, justifying it on the basis that he’s a carer for his elderly mother. He might be a devoted son, but I think Trigger would better benefit from therapy rather than being slapped with a ASBO. And as for him being required to pay court costs, £100 fine and, brace yourselves, £15 to his victims is a touch futile, quite honestly.
“You have the human right to dress as you wish...” [but arguably not as a schoolgirl - at least not in public].
Final thought: I wonder if he shaves his legs? :-/