Wednesday, March 07, 2007

I've heard of self defence......

....but elf defence?

Seems the 'Toy Town Troublemakers Team' have been spreading their wings to Northern Ireland as the Beeb reports as follows:

A man accused of a stealing underwear from a shop in a knifepoint raid believed he was a female elf at the time, Belfast Crown Court has heard.

Robert Boyd, 45, from Broadlands in Carrickfergus, is accused of holding up staff at the Orchid shop in Belfast disguised in a wig, hat and glasses.

He told the court he had been involved in a role-playing game at the time, and his character was an elf named Beho.

He denies robbery but says he may have blurred reality and fantasy.

He also said it "could be right" that Beho had intended to rob the shop - although he told the jury he could not remember what was going through his mind at the time.

He told defence counsel Anthony Cinnamond that within his small social circle he had been participating in a game known as Shadowrun.

The game was set in the future and the assumed characters were criminals, he said.

He told the court his character was a shaman, or magical elf, who carried a small Japanese sword as a weapon.

Mr Boyd, who said he visits a psychiatrist regularly, conceded that he "seemed to have blurred that line between reality and fantasy".

"I can't believe that I personally did that... and I deeply regret that.

"If I had sought some help I would've avoided that in it's entirety."

Prosecutors claim that Mr Boyd knew "perfectly well" what he was doing on the day of the robbery and was "using this memory loss scenario to avoid answering very difficult questions".

The lab technician, from Broadlands in Carrickfergus, denies one charge of robbery.

He is accused of stealing two sets of bras, knickers, suspender belts and stockings from the shop on Lisburn Road on 14 December, 2005.

The case continues.

Perhaps the Naughty Knicker Nicker will get a spell in jail and he can put his ill-gotten gains to use!

I'm keeping my source for this one confidential. Wouldn't want him/her spooked, but you know who you are.

You couldn't make this up, as someone would say.


Alastair said...

Blogged on this as well. Such a good story, can see Mr Blair using it when defending his role in CforH and Iraq. About as believable as anything else he might spin.

Noddy said...

Update on conviction here

James said...

He was either mentally ill and out of his medication, acting under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or lying through his teeth.