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Alcoholic mother to be sentenced after urinating twice on public war memorial

Published 25/08/2016 | 07:01

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An alcoholic mother is due to be sentenced today for twice urinating on a public war memorial, including on the eve of the Battle of the Somme centenary.

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Drunk Kelly Martin, 42, desecrated the monument in Grays, Essex, in April and June in front of members of the public, including mothers with young children.

Pictures of the June 30 offence caused a public outcry when they were posted on social media on July 1 as the nation commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Somme offensive, which cost hundreds of thousands of lives in 1916.

Martin, of Grays, who was arrested on July 2, denied two charges of outraging public decency, and one each of common assault and using abusive language against a paramedic the same day.

She was convicted of all charges after a short trial at Basildon Magistrates' Court.

Martin will appear at the same court for the sentencing hearing.

At her trial on August 16, members of the UK Veterans One Voice organisation produced a letter for magistrates requesting a harsh sentence for Martin.

They said her actions had left many vulnerable ex-service personnel "nauseated and disgusted".

They wrote: "We feel that such a display of disrespect to our fallen brothers and sisters is a huge insult, not only to the fallen but to their families, who gave so much as well.

"These were not the actions of a drunken teenager on a night out celebrating exam finals, this was a coldly calculated loutish act, deliberate in its intention to both desecrate a memorial and insult those who have served the Crown."

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