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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 October 2007, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
Moustache teasing ends in court
A self-employed financial advisor with an Edwardian-style moustache has promised a court he will shave it off.

Charles Law, 48, of Borehamwood, in Herts, admitted assaulting a boy of 13 after he was teased about it by a group of teenagers.

St Albans Crown Court heard he pretended to have a knife and lashed out, kicking one boy in the knee.

Julia Flanagan, defending, said Law had a tendency to over-react when teased, but would now shave off his moustache.

'Matter of pride'

Law was given a two-year conditional discharge over the offence on Christmas Eve last year and told to pay three boys 75 damages for their "frightening" ordeal.

The court heard he had been in trouble before with moustache-related incidents and had convictions for affray and threats.

Ms Flanagan said her client had promised to shave his spectacular growth to avoid further trouble.

Judge John Plumstead said: "I have mixed feelings about his decision to give up his moustache.

"It is plainly a matter of pride, and it must have taken a great deal of time and work to develop."

The judge said Law had "put the boys to flight by a show of force which convinced them he had a knife".

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