Judge rescues 'peace' woman
Saturday 10 July 1993
Lindis Percy had been representing herself on charges of criminal damage before Pately Bridge magistrates in North Yorkshire. She had been accused of damaging a fence at a US military communications centre near Harrogate with her nail file.
Ms Percy, of Bradford, West Yorkshire, asked the magistrates for permission to sit at a desk but was turned down. When she placed papers on the solicitors' table they sentenced her to a month's imprisonment. Bail was refused and she faced spending the weekend at Low Newton Remand Centre, Durham.
But at 10pm last night Mr Justice Hutchison, following an emergency application in the High Court, reversed the judgement by granting immediate bail and permission for a judicial review of the magistrates' ruling.
Ms Percy, who has been arrested 150 times, was fined pounds 100 by the bench at Pately Bridge last month for the same offence.
The sentence was last night denounced as a 'mockery' by lawyers, who said that even if Ms Percy she had been convicted of the original charge, she would not have been sent to jail.
Last night friends of Ms Percy said she often represented herself and was invariably allowed to use the solicitors' table by other magistrates. Yesterday when refused permission she put her papers on the table and stood next to it. When she refused to return to the defendant's chair, the bench jailed her.
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 3 Dad attempts revenge on teenage daughter, plan backfires spectacularly
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Ball pool for adults opens in London
Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: My client is an excellent, large partially ...
£90 - £140 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: I am currently working in partnersh...
£100 - £150 per day: Tradewind Recruitment: Year 3 Teacher Birmingham Jan 2015...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Lead Web Develo...