Teacher found guilty of assault for humiliating woman by spraying her with water gunBy Mason White 11:49 AM November 8, 2015
By: Wayne Morin
A teacher was not fired from his job despite the fact that he was found guilty of assault for spaying a woman with water.
40-year-old Timothy Gledhill lost his appeal at the Canterbury Crown Court, where he attempted to get his guilty verdict overturned.
Gledhill was found guilty of assault after soaking his former wife with water from a toy gun in what police called a “humiliating attack” during an argument.
At the time of the altercation, Gledhill and Catherine Weir were on a bridge in Canterbury, Kent, near a train station.
Weir reported the incident to the police later in the evening. Gledhill was arrested after being accused of using the 100 ml multicolored toy water gun to spray the woman.
Gledhill pleaded not guilty to assault, saying that he was just fooling around with the toy. However, he was convicted after a trial and was sentenced to a 12-month conditional discharge. He was also ordered to pay £400 ($600) for the assault.
Gledhill attempted to clear his name and have his conviction overturned, but he failed.
Judge Nigel Van Der Bijl dismissed the appeal saying: “What you did wasn’t funny. It was done to humiliate your former partner. She was a victim of an assault and there is no doubt about it.
“You knew perfectly well what you were doing. You did it to in some way humiliate her and to put one over on her.”
This came after the Canterbury Crown Court heard a recording of the incident, which was made by Weir. On the recording, she was heard screaming: “Stop it, stop it. Stop shooting at me.”
Gledhill voluntarily left his job at the Canterbury College and began teaching at the Canterbury Academy. They fully support the teacher.
Principal Phil Karnavas said: “The bottom line is that he is a really nice, honorable and decent person, who has found himself in a situation that none of us would like to find ourselves.
“I think spraying someone with a water pistol doesn’t really seem to me to be an offense to public safety let alone an appropriate case to spend public money to prosecute.”