Man 'attempted sex with fence' in London park
By Matthew Moore
Last Updated: 11:19am GMT 21/11/2007
A drunken man broke into a central London park and attempted to have sex with a fence, a court heard.
Daniel French, 24, made "sexual motions" towards metal railings in Leicester Square Gardens after being challenged by police in the early hours of Sunday morning, Westminster Magistrates' Court was told.
Leicester Square is a hub for drunken revellers at weekends
"He said words to the effect of: 'I'm going to have sex with that fence'," said Philip Lemoine, prosecuting.
"The gardens were locked and police asked French to leave. He was drunk and there were some sexual motions - drunken silliness - to the railings."
Mr Lemoine added: "French said he had a relative who was a solicitor and would teach the police a lesson."
French, of Verity Way, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, admitted being drunk and disorderly after a night out in the West End, but angrily denied making romantic overtures towards the fence.
"That's not right at all about the fence. I was surrounded by three big police officers. I felt I was being bullied and wanted to go home. They were pushing me against the fence and trying to provoke me," he told magistrates on Monday.
"The suggestion that I was trying to do something sexual to the railings is disgusting."
French was sentenced to serve the time he had already spent in custody since his arrest - meaning he was allowed to walk free from court.
Romantic liaisons with inanimate objects are not as uncommon as one might think. Last week a "cycle-sexualist" caught half-naked in a compromising position with his bicycle in a Scottish hostel was put on probation for.
Man 'attempted sex with fence' in London park - Telegraph