December 8 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Two men dressed as fictional peace loving Oompa Loompas were involved in what a judge called “drunken mindless” violence in Prince of Wales Road, in Norwich.
The men dressed as characters from Charlie and the Chocolate factory, famous for their green hair, orange skin and short stature, started having a verbal exchange with two men and it ended up with them getting involved in a fight in which one man was taken to hospital after receiving injuries, Norwich Crown Court was told.
Stephen Spence, prosecuting, said: “The two defendants were in fancy dress as Oompa Loompas which are fictional characters from Loompa Land which ended up being preyed upon by Whangdoodles, Hornswogglers and Snozzwangers.
“They are in fact peaceable characters, who Willy Wonka employs in his factory to keep them away from trouble.
“Far from keeping them out of trouble these men got into what was initially a verbal altercation with two young men.”
He said they were abusive and ended up pushing the men, resulting in facial injuries to one of them, who was taken to hospital. The court heard that the injuries were not serious.
Gelinas, 20, a university student from Rectory Road, Sutton and Wright, 20 from Decoy Road, Potter Heigham both admitted affray on December 27.
Wright also admitted an unrelated assault.
Sentencing them, Judge Nicholas Coleman said that late night drunken violence of this kind in Norwich would not be tolerated by the courts.
“Something has to be done to try to stem the tide. This is a local problem and a local approach is desirable. “
He said the offences had been fuelled by drink and said it was yet another example of “drunken mindless” late night violence in Prince of Wales Road.
Judge Nicholas Coleman ordered Gelinas to complete 240 hours of unpaid work for the community while Wright was sentenced to 10 months in a young offenders institute.
John Morgans for Gelinas said that he had not gone out looking for any trouble.
He said that after initial involvement he had walked away.
“He very quickly sobers up and does not get involved in any further violence.”
He said the whole court experience had been a “salutary lesson”
Ian James for Wright, who is training to be an electrical inspector was also full of remorse “He is a hardworking young man.”
He said he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.