Essex

Woman who urinated on war memorial faces crown court

The Grays war memorial
Image caption Kelly Martin, 42, urinated on the war memorial in front of crowds of people

A woman who urinated on an war memorial in front of members of the public is to face a crown court judge for sentencing.

Kelly Martin, 42, caused a public outcry when she desecrated the monument in Grays, Essex, in April and June in front of members of the public.

Basildon magistrates found her guilty of outraging public decency and she was due to be sentenced on Thursday.

District judge John Woollard however decided his powers were insufficient.

He said: "It's difficult to think of something more outrageous than urinating in a public place on a memorial which is clearly designed to reflect the losses of family in the area around you in two world wars."

Martin will now face another hearing at Basildon Crown Court on September 22, where a judge will have the power to impose a sentence beyond the two-year maximum that magistrates' are limited to.

Mother-of-five Martin, of no fixed abode, was arrested on 2 July and convicted of two charges of outraging public decency and one of common assault, and using abusive language against a paramedic the same day.

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