A MAN who stripped naked and superglued himself to the desk of Bridlington’s JobCentre has been ordered to pay £400 in compensation after appearing in court.
Ian John Robinson, who gave an address of Mount Pleasant, Hornsea, had faced trial after pleading not guilty at an earlier hearing to causing criminal damage to a work station, desk and chair at the JobCentre in Quay Road, and with using threatening words or behaviour, all on October 4.
However at the hearing held at Bridlington Magistrates Court on Tuesday, 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.
The charges related to an incident on October 4 last year in which Robinson – frustrated that he had not been awarded Disability Living Allowance or motability benefit despite suffering what he described as ‘chronic pain’ from arthritis – walked into Bridlington JobCentre at 9.30am, took off all his clothes and superglued his arms to a desk in protest against the Department of Work and Pensions.
Police and an ambulance were called but Mr Robinson managed to prise himself off the desk without injury before he was arrested.
Robinson had previously pleaded not guilty to both charges at an earlier hearing at Bridlington Magistrates Court on October 19, at which he placed a book entitled ‘Nazis: A Warning from History’ on the desk in front of him, before being swiftly told to remove it by magistrates.
His solicitor Ed Cunnah had told the bench the book was a reference to his defence, but in turn was informed that the hearing was not his trial.
Speaking outside the court on that day, Mr Robinson said that he was “prepared to ﬁght” for his rights to get sickness and disability allowance.
At Tuesday’s 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 Mr Cunnah 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.