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Sixties Singer Torches Debt Collector's Car; Mocks Court

The former lead singer of the Sixties band, the Mindbenders, found himself on the wrong end of the law when he poured gasoline on a debt collector's car and set it on fire.

On May 25, 2007, Wayne Fontana, also known as Glyn Ellis, 61, showed up in a Derby, England courtroom, dressed as the Lady of Justice, carrying a sword and a set of scales. He confessed to setting the car on fire and admitted to arson. However, he denied a charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

The court was not amused. "He regards this whole procedure as a pantomime," declared Judge Andrew Hamilton, as he ordered Fontana remanded into custody. "He has come dressed as a fool and he wants to act like a fool — I hope they give him a prison uniform at Nottingham Prison to keep him warm." The court also ordered a psychiatric evaluation of Fontana.

Source: The Post Chronicle

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