An unemployed British mother of five and anti-World War I activist twice urinated on a veterans memorial, upsetting many.
In April 2016, police arrested 42-year-old Kelly Martin for urinating on the memorials of British World War I soldiers in public, reports AWM.
Despite getting in trouble the first time, Martin did the same thing to the same monument in June, while she was out on bail. She assaulted a paramedic who came to remove her from the memorial in Grays, Essex, England.
“The officer described her has having a beer in her hand and struggling to pull her [pants] up, the officer then said he was disgusted and shocked to his core that someone could be so offensive,” prosecutor Juliet Dobson said of one the incidents, The Independent reports.
Judge John Lodge accused Martin of “outraging public decency,” sentencing her to seven months in jail.
“Each of these offenses is so serious that only a custodial sentence is appropriate,” Lodge said to Martin at her second court case.
“What makes your case particularly bad is having been caught doing it one time, when the nation was commemorating the worst battle of the First World War you were caught doing it again in the middle of the day,” he added.
As she was escorted out of the room, Martin said, “F*** this!” to the judge.
Many on social media expressed their outrage over the incident.
“You have no idea how offensive you are!” wrote one woman on AWM’s Facebook page. “I hope you lose a lot!!!!! I don’t care which country you are in….people died so you could have the life you have today.”
Others offered their opinions on alternative punishments she should suffer.
“Only 7 months?” one person commented. “Why not more for her cussing at the judge? She should also be required to clean every monument related to veterans.”
“She needs to pay for damage and clean the monument,” agreed another. “Community service which includes helping veterans ..lose her welfare. 7 months isn’t long enough unless they add 5 years of probation and counseling.”
Sources: AWM, The Independent, AWM/Facebook / Photo credit: Myrabella/Wikimedia Commons