Watch activist Martin Matthews in his rooftop protest at Redhill Magistrates’ Court before criminal damage trial
New Fathers for Justice protester Martin Matthews took to the roof of Redhill Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday (January 21) before being convicted of damaging Chris Grayling’s house.
This video shows the 47-year-old on top of the court while he held a peaceful protest before he descended to attend the hearing.
In an exchange with a policeman, Mr Matthews refused to stand behind a barrier in case officers tried to grab him.
“I’ve got a bit of paper that says I’ve got to be here on January 21 so I’m fine aren’t I,” he added.
In court, Mr Matthews was charged with causing criminal damage to the Ashtead home of the Epsom and Ewell MP and justice secretary during another rooftop protest in August 2014.
He was fined £100, ordered to pay £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.