A woman was sentenced to seven months in jail after she urinated on a public war memorial twice.
Kelly Martin, 42, urinated on a monument in Grays, Essex back in April during the middle of the day. The monument had remembrance wreaths on it.
She later did it once more back in June after posting bail. She did it the day before the 100th anniversary of the battle of the Somme.
“On April 13 she was seen by PC James Shelton urinating on the war memorial, she was seen urinating on the epitaph with a number of people present, including mothers and their children,” prosecutor Juliet Donovan said. “The officer described her has having a beer in her hand and struggling to pull her trousers up.”
On June 30, mothers and young children witnessed Martin urinate on the memorial.
“The two cases of outraging public decency involve urinating on a war memorial. Inevitably war memorials were constructed at the centre of towns and villages so on a daily basis people could be reminded of the sacrifices made by people who died,” Judge John Lodge said in court. “People use them as a place around which they congregate and that’s not wrong, but when people take that step further and abuse them by urinating on them that’s a matter the court needs to take very seriously indeed.”
While taken down to the courtroom she began shouting and yelling expletives.
She was arrested on July 2 and had two charges of outraging public decency and one of common assault and using abusive language against a paramedic. The court heard that she threw a bottle at the paramedic.
She was sentenced to one month in prison for the first count of outraging public decency and three months for the second incident. She was also sentenced to three months for both the assault and the abusive language.