In what is thought to be the first ever defence of its kind in the United Kingdom, a man from Benfleet has pleaded ‘not guilty’ to a dangerous driving charge, with the main reason being that he was distracted by a ‘female pedestrian with large breasts.’ Perry Mounds, 32, of Shipwrights Drive, was arrested and charged after crashing his Ford Focus into his next door neighbour’s home on 29th December 2015, and the house was completely destroyed – fortunately the occupants were out at the time. The case was heard today at the central Crown Court in Southend.
Shortly after the incident, Mr Mounds passed a breath test for alcohol consumption, but the arresting officer suspected that he was parking (and therefore driving) without giving due care and attention. In a rather unusual twist to his defence, Mr Mounds fully admitted that he was paying ‘zero attention’ to both the road and his driveway, but at the same time he said that it was impossible to concentrate as a girl in her early twenties with ‘large breasts’ was walking along the pavement at the time. He then continued to say that as a heterosexual male, he found it impossible to concentrate, and as a result he ruined a £300,000 four-bed semi-detached home.
A photo of the girl in question was shown to the court, and an expert psychology witness stepped up to give evidence. Dr Joshua Feelem, a professor from the University of North Thundersley, said that on average 84% of the heterosexual male population would be distracted for 3-5 seconds by the combination of the ‘sizeable breasts, tight jumper natural-shade brown hair.’ Mr Mounds’ case was also helped at this point when a court security guard dropped a cup of tea on the floor, while judge Dame Justice Sarah Glance allegedly remarked ‘not bad.’
When the jury (8 male, 2 female) retired to reach a verdict, it took 4 hours to return their response to the court – the process was hampered by constant requests from jurors for additional copies of the supporting evidence. The foreman then stated that they had found Mr Mounds ‘not guilty’ of the charge.
However, a representative of the UK National Motoring Safety alliance has released a statement expressing grave concerns about more and more motorists using ‘mammarial distraction’ as an excuse in future cases. We contacted the CPS for a response to the verdict, but a spokesperson confirmed that no further comment could be made until the evidence had been reviewed thoroughly by their internal appeals panel.
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