Man fined €1,400 after spreading 'muck' on court house
A 49-year-old british man has been ordered to pay more than £1,200 (€1,400) after spreading "muck" on the steps of a crown court.
Charles Hirons was accused of a "planned and premeditated" offence which was a "deliberate insult to justice".
Hirons pleaded guilty to criminal damage and apologised for dumping bark chip outside Derby Crown Court - adding his actions were motivated by a dispute over the judicial system.
Outside the court building, Hirons was given a parking ticket as he was speaking to reporters, adding this was "salt in the wound".
Prosecuting, John Cooper told Derby Magistrates' Court the protest had a "detrimental effect" on the East Midlands city.
Witnesses saw Hirons drive up to the court building on Morledge with a tractor to coat the steps with bark chip at around 7am on January 17.
A red Massey Ferguson was abandoned on the pavement along with a teal spreader, and council workers had to clear dirt from the steps in the hours following the spreading.
Police initially referred to the material deposited as "muck".