Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Guardian UK ~ Fathers 4 Justice campaigner jailed for Herne Hill MP home protest

Fathers 4 Justice campaigner jailed for Herne Hill MP home protest

12:14pm Thursday 13th November 2008
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A fathers’ rights protestor who scaled deputy Labour leader HarrietHarman’s Herne Hill home dressed as a super hero has been jailed fortwo months.

John Paul Stanesby, 41, and Mark Harris, 46, both from south Devon,spent more than 24 hours on the roof of the Cabinet Minister's home inWinterbrook Road on June 8.

Dressed as superheroes "Captain Conception" and "Cash Gordon" theprotestors from campaign group Fathers 4 Justice unfurled a banner froma bedroom window reading "A Father is for life, not just conception".

The campaigners said they intended to remain at the property untilthe minister read Mark Harris's book, Family Court Hell, and theGovernment started dialogue with the campaign group about doing more toprotect fathers in the family courts.

At City of Westminster Magistrates Court yesterday Stanesby, whowas found guilty of causing distress and alarm and refusing to obey apolice officer, was jailed for two months, fined £250 and ordered topay £500 costs.

Harris was found guilty of causing distress and alarm and was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 in costs.

A Fathers 4 Justice spokesman threatened further protest from thegroup at Mrs Harman’s home, as well as the home of Gordon Brown’sconstituency of in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath, in response to thesentences.

The following story is almost a clone of the Daily Herald Story but is from:MJM

Fathers' rights protester jailed

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 10:00

A FATHERS' rights protester has been jailed for the part he played in a rooftop protest at the home of deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman.

Jolly Stanesby, of Manor Close, Ivybridge, was jailed for two months after he and another Fathers 4 Justice protester, Mark Harris, scaled Miss Harman's semi-detached home in Herne Hill, south London, in June, dressed in comic book hero outfits.

Stanesby, who was found guilty of causing distress and alarm and refusing to obey a police officer, was also fined £250 and ordered to pay £500 costs.

Harris, of Elford Crescent, Plympton, was found guilty of causing distress and alarm, given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £500 in costs.

The two men mounted the protest which eventually led to Miss Harman and her husband Jack Dromey having to temporarily leave the premises.

The hearing was held at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court in London.

During an earlier court hearing Labour Party treasurer Jack Dromey – Mrs Harman's husband – said he had been woken by loud noises.

He said: "There was heavy thumping just above me which led me to conclude to my horror that somebody was trying to break into our home. Our home was invaded – that was a matter of alarm and continuing distress.

"It's an experience we would never wish to go through again."

A spokesman for the Fathers 4 Justice protest group, which disbanded in September, said members would be staging further protests on the minister's roof and at Gordon Brown's home within the week in protest at the sentences.

Stanesby has a long history of protesting for the group. In 2003 he spent several nights on a crane on the construction site of a court building in Exeter, spent Christmas on Tower Bridge in London dressed as Father Christmas, and weeks later brought the Tamar Bridge to a standstill when he spent a week up a gantry of the A38.

In May 2004 he protested on the roof of Plymouth Crown Court dressed as a superhero, then in November handcuffed himself to minister Margaret Hodge. In 2006 he masterminded the storming of the live National Lottery TV show, spent two nights on a judge's roof and started 2007 by climbing Stonehenge dressed as Fred Flintstone.

Last year he was arrested at gunpoint by a SWAT team after climbing the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, USA.

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