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British man fined for pretending to be a ghost in a cemetery

Pretending to scare people can draw you a hefty fine.
Pretending to scare people can draw you a hefty fine.freeimageslive.co.uk

When the end of the summer arrives, it is usually that time when people start prepping for Halloween. Everyone gets into the spirit, and that includes a mid-20's British man who proceeded to do things a little early this year. The Huffington Post reported on Aug. 8, 2014, that Anthony Stallard was arrested for pretending to be a ghost and scaring people in a cemetery.

A family was mourning the the recent loss of a loved one at Kingston Cemetery, and they got a bit more than they bargained for.

24-year-old Anthony Stallard threw "himself backwards, waving his arms about and going 'wooooooh,'" per Tim Concannon, the prosecuting attorney. Right before his skit of pretending to be a ghost, Stallard was kicking a ball around with a friend near some graves.

"While the football was going on, this defendant was effectively singing loudly and being disrespecting in among the graves," Concannon said.

The unemployed British man from Portsmouth was fined around $58 for his little stunt, per KTVU.

While in court, Stallard pleaded guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behavior likely to cause distress. That's rather obvious considering he was doing these things toward people that were already grieving at the cemetery.

Due to his actions, Stallard had a suspended setence for a previous assault charge to be extended by three more months. It is believe that his drunken antics have brought about remorse and regret in Anthony Stallard.

"He has accepted that his behavior, if it had been outside of a cemetery, would not have been inappropriate, but inside a cemetery while people are grieving for their loved ones, it might be," defense attorney Denise Saunder told Portsmouth News. "He is apologetic as demonstrated by his early guilty plea."