Here’s The Guy Who Has Been Charged With Throwing A Banana At Wayne Simmonds
His name? Christopher Morehouse. He’s 26-years-old and has now been formally charged with “engaging in a prohibited activity on a premises under the trespass to property act” by the London (ONT) Police due to the allegation that he is the man responsible for throwing a banana at Flyers winger Wayne Simmonds during an exhibition game between Philadelphia and Detroit last week at the John Labatt Centre while Simmonds was taking part in a shootout.
A statement from London Police Chief Brad Duncan, from an AM980 report (via the intrepid — as always — reporting by Puck Daddy):
“26-year-old Christopher Moorhouse of London has been charged with engaged in a prohibited activity on a premises under the trespass to property act, a provincial statute.” said Duncan.
“Mr. Moorhouse has been served with a part three summons, and if convicted of this offence – could be liable to a fine of not more than $2,000. This is a provincial offence and not a criminal charge, and will be dealt with in the provincial offenses court.”
Chief Duncan also stated that the police looked into charging Moorhouse with a hate crime but the evidence accumulated “did not meet the threshold” to warrant such charges, nor did they rise to the level of a criminal charge, either.
Adding to pleas to the public to not take justice into their own hands via mob justice, presumably involving the arming of citizens with pitchforks, torches and saddled polar bears (that’s one of my my little Canadian jokes), Duncan also stressed that citizens should allow justice to take its course. I am inclined to agree, but once the photos produced above by AM980 are sufficiently circulated — in particular the überdouchey one on the left, although the Zippy the Pinhead-esque thingy he’s got going in the right photo certainly doesn’t help matters, either — it’s safe to say in the court of public opinion, this guy will already be convicted.
London Police Charge Suspect in JLC-Banana Incident (PHOTO) [AM980 (via Puck Daddy)]