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.
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