A protestor is awaiting sentence after admitting putting two vials of unidentified liquid into a ballot box. Jonathan Elliott, 47, was charged after the discovery of the liquid in a box from St Andrew’s Church Hall in Grimshill Road.
He appeared in Dover Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and the case was adjourned for sentencing later this month.
Elliott was previously bound over by Canterbury magistrates after
admitting a charge of breaching the peace after lunging at the Prince
of Wales’s car during the Archbishop of Canterbury’s enthronement in
Jobless Elliott, of Sydney Road, was then warned he would have to pay £100 if he breached the peace again. He has previously described Prime Minister David Cameron and the royal family as “parasites”.
Police were called to the election count on Friday in the Kings Hall in Herne Bay when the vials were discovered. There followed a three-hour delay while officers investigated. Officials could not identify the yellowy-orange liquid in the
vials – which were wrapped in a ballot paper – and handed out gloves to
the counters as a precaution.
Once police arrived on the scene they instructed returning
officer and city council chief executive Colin Carmichael to advise
reporters to leave the room. There was no advice for candidates, agents or official observers, or for the counters. After some reporters refused – including Times staff – officers moved the vials to the bar of the venue.
After examining the boxes and the papers in them, they were
declared safe and the counting began three hours later than planned.
thisiskent 10th May 2013