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Naked man told to pay compensation by court

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: April 20, 2014

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A DRUNK man has been ordered by the courts to pay compensation after knocking three women over as he ran naked up and down a street in South Derbyshire.

Jobless Duncan Page, of Hevea Road, Burton, was also told to carry out 150 hours unpaid work for the incident, which saw him strip, run up and down Larch Crescent, in Newhall, before pulling up plants in several gardens and shoving three women as he tried to get into a parked car.

The incident was described as an ‘embarrassing experience’ during a hearing at Derby Magistrates’ Court.

District Judge Caroline Goulborn told him: “I am sure it has been an embarrassing experience having to come to court to hear what happened that particular day.

“It was clearly bizarre behaviour and clearly out of character but I am sure the ladies at the scene would have been frightened.”

Derby Magistrates’ Court heard that Page, 23, was seen running nude in Newhall at around 2.35pm on February 22.

Harjinder Johal, prosecuting, said: “Police received numerous reports of a naked male running up Larch Crescent, causing a disturbance and pulling up plants in gardens.”

He shoved the three women while he tried to get into a car parked on the street.

“One was pushed into a wall, another against a door while the third fell backwards.

“They were all left with painful backs but had no visible injuries,” added Mr Johal in court.

The women reported the incident and Page was arrested nearby by Derbyshire Police.

Page admitted three counts of common assault and also being drunk and disorderly.

He was ordered to pay £50 compensation to each woman, a total of £85 prosecution costs and a £60 government surcharge.

John Young, defending, said Page had been drinking and was then given ‘illicit drugs’.

He added: “It is a very unusual and bizarre incident.”

Page was ordered to clear the £295 total court bill at £40 weekly.

He said he hoped to start working shortly for an agency, earning between £6 and £7 an hour.

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