http://www.thelondonpaper.com/cs/Satellite/london/breakingnews/article/1157193546559?packedargs=suffix=BreakingNewsQuiz show cheat guilty of assault
TV quiz show cheat Charles Ingram has been convicted of assaulting a 13-year-old boy who coughed in his face.
The prosecution case succeeded despite descending into farce as the victim agreed he had "made up" a lot of his evidence.
Announcing the verdict, magistrate Marilyn Perry at the court in Salisbury, Wiltshire, told a visibly shocked Ingram: "We do not accept the defence of self-defence and find you guilty beyond reasonable doubt." She imposed an absolute discharge and made no order for costs or compensation.
Ingram, a father of three, said after the case: "I just can't believe this. Common sense dictates that if the prosecution witnesses lie then I should get off. I'm devastated. I would love to appeal but I'll have to consult my solicitor."
The court heard how the boy coughed to amuse friends he was with. It was intended to mock the former Army major's use of coughs to cheat on ITV's Who Want To Be A Millionaire?, he told the trial.
Ingram, a 43-year-old former Army major, was convicted in 2003 of cheating his way to a million pounds by using accomplices' coughs in the audience to guide him to the correct answers.
While jogging near his Wiltshire home last April in the village of Urchfont, Ingram was coughed at by the boy, now 14. According to Ingram, who denied common assault, the cough coated his face in spit and was in fact an assault on him.
Ingram immediately confronted the boy, grabbed him by the lapels and said: "If you do that again you will regret it," the court heard. He then jogged off along Urchfont High Street.
The boy, giving evidence today via a video link, claimed he was pushed up against a wall by Ingram, making him "shocked" and "scared". Cross-examined by defence lawyer John Berry, the boy agreed he had invented that part. The boy told the court: "I thought I would get into really big trouble for being cheeky so I made up the thing about the wall."
In 2003 Ingram, his wife Diana and university lecturer Tecwen Whittock were convicted of deception for attempting to cheat on Chris Tarrant's ITV quiz show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
Dunno which way to go on this one.
Should the judge have dismissed it?
Does it serve the cheating get right?
Should he have stcuk the head on the little chav, and claimed 'accident'?
Over to you - the great legal minds of ARRSE!