Man jailed for EastEnders joke

Heather, a fatal attraction for David Glyn Jones

A BANGOR man has been jailed for four months after bantering in the pub that he wished to have sexual relations with EastEnders character Heather Trott.

David Glyn Jones, of Bangor, Gwynedd, had told friends in the city centre’s Waterloo Inn: “I’d give Heather off of EastEnders one,” a court heard.

Jones sounded suspiciously like Sky Sports sexist, Richard Keys, as he took a sip from his pint and added: “I don’t see why everyone’s complaining about her hairband and weight. Given the chance I’d love to smash her, wouldn’t you?”

Prosecutor Diane Williams said the bar room talk centred around sex with a woman, who hadn’t been asked if she consented – which as everyone knows is basically rape.

The prosecutor said Jones, who appeared before magistrates in Caernarfon, told police it was ‘a moment of stupidity’ which he regretted.

She said the character is affectionately known as ‘Fat Heather’ to fans of the kitchen sink style BBC drama which portrays the harsh realities of life in a traditional working class neighbourhood in London’s East End.

Defence solicitor Deborah Tennant-Davies said Jones had apologised for his behaviour and feared a prison term. “He didn’t think it would be taken seriously and the matter was only briefly a topic of conversation for 20 minutes,” she said.

The solicitor added that he told police : “I have acted completely out of character. I don’t know why I said that, I didn’t intend it to be taken seriously.”

Jones pleaded guilty to an offence under the Practically Anything Can be Illegal Act of inappropriate banter on August 9.

Deputy district judge Mark Layton told him: “You said something large numbers of people might disagree with. While you may not have thought people would take it seriously, your actions could have encouraged others to do so.”

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