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Ergys Lata from Canterbury fined £50 after knocking off a policemen's helmet

By Paul Hooper

A carwash worker carried out a prank which could have come straight out of Jeeves and Wooster and almost lost his freedom.

Drunken Ergys Lata walked past a police officer in Harbour Parade in Ramsgate at 3.10 am in January and knocked his helmet off his head.

That led to the 26- year-old being arrested and later admitting a charge of being drunk and disorderly.

The incident happened in Ramsgate
The incident happened in Ramsgate

Canterbury Crown Court heard the jape put him in breach of a 23 week jail sentence which had been suspended for two years.

Under strict sentencing rules, judges have to impose the jail term unless there are exceptional circumstances.

Lata, of Ulcombe Gardens, Canterbury arrived at court late and in tears fearing he would be going straight to prison.

His barrister Peter Alcock told how Lata only discovered the sentencing date late and ran from his home to court "arriving in floods of tears.”

“Your actions were foolish because you were drunk – that’s what happens when you drink too much..." Judge Catherine Brown

But kindly Judge Catherine Brown took pity on him after hearing that since receiving the suspended sentence for possessing a knife, he had carried out part of the punishment in doing unpaid work for the community.

She fined him £50 after telling him: “Your actions were foolish because you were drunk – that’s what happens when you drink too much. I hope you have learned your lesson!”

The judge ordered him to pay the fine at £15 a week - or face seven days inside.

A relieved Lata told her: "I will pay. I promise you I will pay. Thank you."

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