A man who desecrated a cenotaph in Blackpool on the day marking the 90th anniversary of the start of World War I, has escaped a jail sentence.
Iraqi Harkan Amin, 32, a failed asylum seeker from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted outraging public decency by behaving in an indecent manner.
The Royal British Legion and Russian Convoy Association had laid wreaths which were ruined after the sex act.
Amin was unable to pay the £2,000 fine imposed at Blackpool Magistrates Court.
He was ordered to spend one day in prison in lieu of payment, but as he had already been in custody for two weeks he was released immediately on Thursday.
Amin was spotted on CCTV leaning against the cenotaph eating chips.
He then performed a sex act, wiped his hands on wreaths, continued eating his chips and walked off.
Amin came to the UK in April 2002 but has been refused asylum seven times.
WTF is going on? I'm not sure I can think of an appropriate punishment but a fine which he can't pay so he just walks free doesn't seem right. My suggestions wouls probably upset those of a more delicate sensibility. And I'm not sure I understand why an ayslum seeker who has been refused SEVEN times is still walking around the streets. Oh, is it he is seeking ayslum FROM Oldham, which is how the BBC has written it?
Final thought - imagine if an American soldier had been filmed beating himself off against a Mosque in Iraq and cleaning his fingers on a Koran, what would the headlines have been?