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Man admits urine splash by memorial; COURT.

Byline: LUCY THORNTON

A MAN who admitted splashing urine on the steps of a war memorial was yesterday given 160 hours of unpaid work.

Ian Marshall, 49, had earlier been on a night out with colleagues to celebrate 25 years working at an air conditioning firm.

The dad claimed he did not deliberately desecrate the site. The court heard his urine did not hit the plaques or wreathes at the Otley Road memorial in Headingley, West Yorks.

Judge Christopher Darnton, at Leeds magistrates court, told him he acted in a "moment of madness". He added: "If ever there's a case of someone being shamed, this must be that case."

Marshall, of Yeadon, Leeds, admitted outraging public decency but denied swearing at a verger who claimed he saw the event. He was sentenced on his plea as a witness was no longer available.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2010
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