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An English Man was fined for pretending to be a ghost in Portsmouth cemetery

  • Anthony Stallard, 24, was spotted in Portsmouth’s Kingston Cemetery
  • Stallard was flapping arms, throwing himself backwards and making ghost noises
  • He could be heard by mourners there 
  • Lawyer told magistrates: ‘I’m assuming he was pretending to be a ghost’ 
  • He admitted a public order offence and was asked to pay total of £75
  • Extra 3 months was added to an existing 12-month suspended sentence
  • Charge of damaging graves with a ball dismissed as witnesses didn’t attend

A man has been fined for pretending to be a ghost and other rowdy behaviour in a cemetery.

Anthony Stallard pleaded guilty at Portsmouth magistrates court to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause distress.

The court heard that the 24-year-old had been out drinking with friends when they went to Kingston cemetery in Portsmouth, where they started to play football.

A Hampshire police spokesman said that witnesses complained to police about Stallard’s rowdy behaviour and his pretending to be a ghost.

“The witnesses reported the group engaging in rowdy behaviour and one of them throwing their arms in the air and saying ‘woooooo’,” he said.

Stallard, of Southsea, Hampshire, was fined £35 and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £20 in costs.

He also had an extra three months added to a conditional charge for previous harassment which he was found to be in breach of, according to a Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman.

And if he commits a further offence that breaches this suspended sentence, he will face 12 weeks’ imprisonment.

A charge of causing criminal damage to gravestones was dismissed.

Charges of causing damage to gravestones as the pair played football were dismissed when witnesses failed to turn up at court. 

Source: Guardian

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