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Egg-throwing sentence upheld

22nd August 1996, Page 11
22nd August 1996
Page 11
Page 11, 22nd August 1996 — Egg-throwing sentence upheld
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• A brain-damaged man who dropped eggs on to four lorrie. from a bridge over the M56 in Cheshire has had his three-yec, prison sentence upheld by the Appeal Court. Peter Quirk, 46, of Croxteth Grove, was jailed at Chester after pleading guilty to causing danger to road users. In January he dropped the eggs on to a car transporters cab and the td screens of three LGVs. The drivers alerted the police, who nd him throwing a further egg with two trays of eggs beside him. Mr Justice 09nall said in the Appeal Court: "We are reluctontly constrained to the view that thrqe years cannot be characterised as manifestly excessive. Conduct of this kind contains a potential for very great danger, if not catastrophic consequences."

Benjamin Hargreaves, counsel for Quirk, said: "He chose eggs because they would smash on impact and not cause damage and said he wanted to cause a nuisance to people. "He took a train from Liverpool via Chester to a small local station, bought the eggs and went to a pedestrian bridge which was near the station so he could make good his escape."


Organisations: Appeal Court
Locations: Liverpool, Chester

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