Welshman pays high price for flag fury

PUBLISHED: 14:16 04 October 2007 | UPDATED: 12:53 04 May 2010

A WELSHMAN who reacted angrily after waking up to find his wife had drawn a Union Jack on his body had to fork out almost £700 on Tuesday. Richard Samuel, 31, of Aspen Close, Ely had previously been given a four-year restraining order prohibiting him fro

A WELSHMAN who reacted angrily after waking up to find his wife had drawn a Union Jack on his body had to fork out almost £700 on Tuesday.

Richard Samuel, 31, of Aspen Close, Ely had previously been given a four-year restraining order prohibiting him from using words or conduct that would cause his wife, Janet, harm.

The couple were planning to divorce but were living together in a house they jointly owned.

They considered renting a property in Little Downham and trying to make a fresh start and, on September 23, were holding a party to say goodbye to their neighbours.

Samuel got drunk and fell asleep. He later woke to find writing all over his body and face.

He confronted his wife, who admitted she and two friends had done it.

Samuel threw a storage unit in his bathroom and wrote offensive messages about his wife on the wall.

Mrs Samuel called the police and then told them about some cannabis stored in his room.

Mitigating Sandeep Kainth said: "My client was severely provoked. He didn't like having writing all over his body and face and particularly took offence to the Union Jack. As a Welshman, he thought they were rubbing his nose in it."

Samuel pleaded guilty to breaching the restraining order and possession of 88 grammes of cannabis.

Ely magistrates fined him £350 for breaching the order and £200 for possession of cannabis.

He was also ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £100 court costs.

An order was made for the destruction of the cannabis.

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