Friday 23 March 2018

WATCH: Drunken streaker runs through women's rights protest

Peter Barker is seen stripping off as a friend holds his clothes
Peter Barker is seen stripping off as a friend holds his clothes

Sasha Brady

A streaker downed nine pints of beer before running naked through a woman's anti-violence protest in the UK.

Former serviceman Peter Barker (45) apologised in court after admitting taking off his clothes after a drinking session.

He had been attending a stag do before stripping off near Nottingham's Old Market Square and running into a crowd of about 100 women and children assembled nearby.

The crowd was gathered for the Reclaim The Night rally to raise awareness of rape and domestic violence against women.

CCTV showed Barker undressing near the square and handing his clothes to a friend before running through the crowd with his arms in the air.

He is then seen being changed by a police officer and caught just as he disappears around a corner.

Nottingham Magistrates' Court heard Barker defended his actions to the officers who arrested him, claiming it was "only a laugh".

He pleaded guilty to committing a public nuisance at a previous hearing, the Press Association reported.

Mitigating, Katherine Macmillan said Barker's "disinhibition" was caused by the consumption of an "unusually large amount of alcohol", and added the incident was "hugely unfortunate".

She said: "It is quite clear that this was a stupid prank, ill-thought through."

The court was told that Barker committed his actions at around 8pm but he thought it was the early hours of the morning because "it was dark and very cold".

Barker "expressed profound remorse" at his actions, she added.

Deputy District Judge Richard Marshall said: "There were women present and children and some of them may have been offended by this.

"I understand that you were not aware of this.

"Given the number of people there it would be hard to believe you were not aware of them at all.

"It was a prank taken against the background of disinhibition caused by the consumption of a large amount of alcohol."

Barker was sentenced to 80 hours' unpaid work, and ordered to pay a £180 (€164) criminal court charge, a £60 (€83) victim surcharge and £85 (€118) costs.

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