A MAN has been sentenced after biting into a dead wild pigeon on Daventry’s New Street Rec.
Robert Drake, aged 39, of Hawke Road, Southbook, Daventry, appeared at Northampton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday, November 9) and pleaded guilty to biting into a dead pigeon carcass in the park on September 12.
Drake was also charged with committing the offence while subject to a conditional discharge imposed on August 22 for a further offence of racially aggravated and threatening behaviour towards a Pcso.
Drake appeared in court wearing a T-shirt, jeans and trainers and kept his eyes closed throughout the proceedings, speaking only to confirm his name, age and address.
He was charged with outraging public decency.
Kim Dalton, prosecuting, said Drake was drunk but remembered picking up the carcass and biting into it.
She said a witness recorded footage of the incident, which was put on YouTube and received around 1,300 online hits. She said the video footage showed Drake tip the bird up above his mouth as if he was draining fluid from it, and added: “He made the carcass flap its wings. “He was playing up to the attention.”
Claire Fitzpatrick, defending, said the offence was a spur of the moment, drunken action.
She said someone threw the dead pigeon at Drake and when he picked it up and bit into it some of those watching encouraged him to continue.
Drake was extremely intoxicated and remembered very little about it, she added.
She said: “He accepts that people would have been disgusted by his actions and he is disgusted by them himself.
“If he had been sober it would never have happened and he deeply regrets it.”
Presiding magistrate Christine Davies sentenced Drake to an 18-month community order and 12 months of alcohol treatment.
Drake was fined £100 plus a £15 victim surcharge for breaking his conditional discharge, and was ordered to pay £85 in court cots.