Monty Panesar, the England cricketer went on a bit of a drunken rampage on the night of the 4th August 2013 in Brighton. This culminated in him apparently ‘being caught urinating on nightclub bouncers’ (that is bouncers plural, which is fairly brave in itself) after being ejected from the Shoosh Club.
As a result, he was given a Fixed Penalty Notice for being Drunk and Disorderly in a Public Place. For full details, see our factsheet on Fixed Penalty Notices, but in essence this means that the police felt that there was enough evidence to prosecute Mr Panesar, but decided, due to the ‘low level ‘ nature of the crime, that it was appropriate to give this form of out of court disposal to Mr Panesar.
He will now have 21 days to pay the fine of £90 and, if he does that, then that will almost certainly be the end of the matter. We say almost because there is a possibility that the bouncers, if they feel sufficiently aggrieved at being urinated on from a balcony, to launch a private prosecution or sue him in the civil courts (it is also theoretically possible that the CPS could prosecute, but that is very unlikely).
If you’re a law student, you may want to work out how many offences, or potential offences, Mr Panesar could have committed (or at least that should be considered by a lawyer advising a bouncer). There are at least five at a stretch.
One that we’ll give you for free is Outraging Public Decency – in 1663 Sir Charles Sedley (later to be Speaker of the House of Commons – politicians were more debauched and colourful in those days) stood naked on a balcony in Covent Garden before urinating on several people below. His behaviour was perhaps worse due to the nudity and the fact that he ”took a glass of wine and washed his prick in it and then drank it‘ (Samuel Pepys’ words, not mine, before anyone complains), but established a precedent.