Man fined for naked protest

Ian Robinson who stripped naked and super glued himself to the desk in the JobCentreo a dest in the JobCentre

Ian Robinson who stripped naked and super glued himself to the desk in the JobCentreo a dest in the JobCentre

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A MAN who stripped naked and super glued himself to a desk at the JobCentre has been ordered to pay £400 compensation.

Ian John Robinson walked into the JobCentre in Quay Road, Bridlington, in October last year before taking off his clothes and super gluing his arms to a desk in protest against the Department of Work and Pensions.

Robinson, of Hornsea, said his actions were borne out of frustration that he had not been awarded Disability Living Allowance or motability benefit despite suffering from “chronic pain” from arthritis.

He had faced trial after pleading not guilty to causing criminal damage to a work station, desk and chair and with using threatening words or behaviour.

However, Robinson, 44, changed his plea to guilty and was given a 24-month conditional discharge, ordered to pay court costs of £100 and £400 compensation for the damage caused.

During the incident, police and an ambulance were called but Robinson manag-ed to prise himself off the desk without injury before he was arrested.

During the hearing, presiding magistrate Mike Bowman told Robinson: “I was sitting on the bench on the day of your first hearing and I must say you are like a completely different man today.

“I remember your solicitor trying to convince you to plead guilty.

“A lot of us have had difficulties with public services, but you do not go around and treat people in that way.

“There are ways and means of protesting, but not the way you did it.

“I am pleased you have now got your benefits sorted out, but what this conditional discharge means is that you must keep your nose clean for the next two years.”

Robinson was ordered to pay the compensation and costs at £5 a week.