A man who emerged naked from a storage cupboard at a London Premier Inn with a fire extinguisher hose up his bottom has avoided jail after he told a court: 'I'm truly ashamed of myself.' Joseph Small, 20, threw his clothes off and grabbed the appliance from the fourth floor of the budget Leicester Square hotel. He then rammed the hose between his buttocks and began touching himself, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard.
Small also urinated on the carpet and a lift door before having to be escorted down to reception by a member of staff who wrapped him in a towel. He then hurled abuse at the Bangladeshi man, barking at him: "This country has been taken over by Al-Qaeda - go back to Pakistan." While in the hotel lobby Small again urinated on the carpet in front of stunned tourists shouting proudly: "I come from Sheffield in England."
His lewd acts caused £450 of damage to the lift door, carpet and the extinguisher. Small admitted criminal damage to property under £5,000, racially aggravated harassment, and outraging public decency. Prosecutor Darren Watts said that as well as telling Hassan to "go back to Pakistan", Small also called a special constable "Turkish" and his colleague "Romanian", before referring to another officer as a "paedo"'. Small had travelled down from his home in Sheffield with his uncle to do a deal on a used car.
He told the court that he was "truly ashamed" of the October 31 incident and that he has many friends from different backgrounds. He said: "I really am truly ashamed of myself - I can't recall anything that happened and I'm sorry to anyone that I offended that night.
"I have friends from all different ethnic backgrounds. I'm truly ashamed of myself". Small was ordered to pay a total fine of £745. District Judge Elizabeth Roscoe also sentenced him to a nine-month supervision order and to an electronic curfew for five weeks between 10pm and 6am.