Lighter Side: Accused stands in dock on his head, Judge continues as normal

by NZ Lawyer24 Oct 2014
A man who admitted to charges of assault and vandalism decided it would be a novel idea to stand in the dock on his head.

But the court wasn’t impressed, and the Judge carried on as if nothing strange was going on, according to The Mirror.

Forty-four year old Bhupinder Goraya pulled the stunt at Truro Magistrates Court in Cornwall, where he was accused of ripping hair out of a policewoman’s head and assaulting a staff member in a health shop.

When he took to the stand, all that could be seen were his legs and feet as he stood on his head for a number of minutes.

He then decided to take his seat.

The strange action was completely ignored by the court, and the case proceeded as normal, continuing until the accused sat down again of his own accord.

The court heard that Goraya went into a Cornwall shop and told a staff member, “I’ll f****** do you”, before throwing bottles from the shelves.

Luckily, an off-duty police officer was on the scene and wrestled him to the ground, but not before the culprit had yanked a handful of hair out of the officer’s head.

Goraya, who said he was a writer, didn’t say much in court, and was promptly given a year’s community service and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.

He was also banned from drinking for a year and made to pay modest compensation to the police officer, staff member and the shop.