Man Who Urinated on PC Palmer’s Memorial Jailed for Two Weeks

UK

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Saturday for the demonstration in London that claimed to protect statues from Black Lives Matter protests. While attending the demonstration Andrew Banks was photographed urinating on a memorial plaque for murdered police officer PC Palmer. The image was shared widely and provoked mass outrage.

A man who has admitted to urinating next to a memorial to murdered police officer PC Keith Palmer has been jailed for two weeks.

Andrew Banks, 28, of Stansted, Essex sparked national outrage when he was photographed relieving himself by Palmer’s memorial plaque outside the Palace of Westminster during Saturday’s violent protests.

Mr. Palmer was stabbed to death while protecting others during the Westminster Bridge terrorist attack on 22 March 2017.

Banks was sentenced to 14 days in custody on Monday after pleading guilty to outraging public decency at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

According to the Evening Standard, the court heard that Banks had drank 16 pints the night before the protest and didn’t know what the memorial plaque was until his father told him its significance.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot who sentenced Banks said his actions had caused widespread “revulsion”.

Banks told the police that he attended the demonstration  with a group of football fans to “defend statues” but wasn’t sure which ones were under threat.

Stuart Harris, who represented Banks…

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