‘Law and Odour’ how farting got a number of people in trouble with the law
It's a fair pop, guv! On Thursday we revealed that a bloke fined for farting at a police officer in Austria was launching a legal fightback. He claims his parp was an expression of "free speech".
The 22-year-old has refused to pay a fine for letting rip at the copper on a park bench in June last year during a routine identity check.
Austria's constitutional court is set to rule on his appeal after he refused to pay the fine of €500(£430).
But he’s not the only bad ass to get into trouble, as JAMES MOORE reveals in our "law and odour" special…
Blowing his cover
Police didn’t need to resort to using a sniffer dog when they went looking for a 35-year-old fugitive last year.
He had dashed into some woods when the cops swooped on a house in Harworth, Nottinghamshire, but officers were able to find the suspect hiding in bushes when he began farting.
One of the officers said: "I heard him letting rip and followed the noises to a bush."
In 2019, a man in Missouri chased on drug offences, was also nabbed after police picked up the scent of his whereabouts thanks to his loud bottom burp.
Flatulent felon Stuart Cook was strip-searched by police after being caught with cannabis in Aberdeen.
The browned-off suspect then deliberately farted in the direction of a police officer three times, saying: "How do you like that?"
In 2019, a judge ordered the 28-year-old to carry out 75 hours of unpaid work.
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The pong arm of the law came looking for James Mallett after he drunkenly farted in an Uber taxi in Bristol.
Driver Aleksander Bonchev, fed up with abuse from passengers, asked him to get out of his vehicle. But the 35-year-old ended up assaulting Bonchev and, in October 2020, was handed a suspended jail sentence.
Causing a stink
Back in 2016, police in Berlin asked a partying man for ID and were farted at – twice. They decided to take action against the cheeky culprit, who was fined £800.
He refused to follow through and the case against him was eventually dismissed in court.
But it sparked a national scandal over the time and expense involved and was dubbed the Crazy Toot court trial.
Nose case to answer
In 2016 a Swedish woman called police over a "revenge" fart by a suitor, who she’d refused to have sex with at her home.
When the man stormed out, he left a gassy goodbye. She reported him saying, "it smelled awful" and asked police to press a charge of harassment.
But cops eventually dropped the case when they were unable to prove malodorous intent.
Police were called to remove four people from a 2018 flight from Dubai to Amsterdam when a fight broke out over a farting passenger. The Transavia Airlines plane made an unscheduled stop in Vienna after the bust-up over a man who refused to stop breaking wind.
Trumped up charges
When Sean Sykes Jnr was questioned over drug possession and firearm offences in Kansas City, Missouri, in 2017 he simply
answered cops with a volley of farts.
The officers involved were forced to end the interview.
But Sykes, 25, was soon arrested again and ended up pleading guilty to further drug charges.
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