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Dwarf who defecated on floor of gov't office warned with jail

Ian Salter-Bromley, 54, dropped his pants and defecated on the floor of a government office because he felt he was being mistreated as a result of his dwarfism, a court heard.

By Ben Hooper

KINGSTON-ON-HULL, England, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- A British dwarf who dropped his pants at a government office and defecated on the floor was warned by a judge to clean up his act or face jail time.

Hull Crown Court heard Ian Salter-Bromley, 54, who stands 4 feet tall, dropped his pants at the Wilson Center in Hull when he visited the government office to complain about his housing situation.

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Salter-Bromley urinated on the floor and defecated twice during the July 29 incident, the court heard.

The court heard Salter-Bromley, who lives in assisted housing, had been angry because everything in his kitchen is 8 inches too high for him to reach and his neighbors have been abusing him because of his dwarfism.

"My neighbors are drug addicts, alcoholics and young mothers. I have to put up with all their abuse," Salter-Bromley said. "People make fun of me. You would not believe the abuse I get. Kids say in the holidays 'let's torment the dwarf.'"

"If I say things, I get treated like a child -- all because I look different. They drag me around and push me in the road. That seems to be acceptable, because the police don't want to know," he said.

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Judge Jeremy Richardson said he was shocked by the defendant's behavior.

"Mr. Salter-Bromley has shown a disgusting lack of personal hygiene and his conduct has been disgraceful," he said. "I truly regret having to make these observations here. In many ways, I feel sorry for him."

The judge handed down a 21-day suspended jail sentence and warned Salter-Bromley the sentence could be activated if there are any further incidents.

"Any more breaches and I will probably activate this prison sentence. Please, please, behave in a civilized way. Taking your trousers off and exposing your person before defecating and urinating, then abusing staff is uncivilized," the judge said.

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