‘If Spider-Man protester is jailed over Cooper Dean stand-off, we’ll protest’

Martin Cuff, dressed as Spider-Man as part of a ‘Fathers 4 Justice’ protest, speaks with police officers on the flyover of the A338 Wessex Way on September 1, 2013
Martin Cuff, dressed as Spider-Man as part of a ‘Fathers 4 Justice’ protest, speaks with police officers on the flyover of the A338 Wessex Way on September 1, 2013

MEMBERS of organisation New Fathers 4 Justice have threatened to protest if ‘Spider-Man’ Martin Cuff is jailed this month.

The 33-year-old was warned by a judge at Bournemouth Crown Court that he could be imprisoned after admitting causing a public nuisance on September 1 2013.

He hung from the Cooper Dean flyover on the last day of the Bournemouth Air Festival after hanging a banner which read ‘4 Fathers There is No Justice’.

The Wessex Way was closed southbound for more than two-and-a-half hours as police convinced him to come down.

Now a letter sent to the Daily Echo by New Fathers 4 Justice – which is not affiliated to or associated with Fathers 4 Justice – says members of the organisation will hold protests if Cuff, of Eldon Place, Bournemouth, is sent to prison.

The letter reads: “Mr Cuff is being threatened with imprisonment, yet Kurdish protesters who wilfully blocked the M4 Severn crossing for a considerable time on October 12, 2014 are not to be prosecuted by police.

“While the book has been thrown at many fathers’ rights campaigners, Kurdish protesters who did exactly the same thing get off ‘scot-free’.

“Why are the courts, CPS and police actively pursuing prosecutions against fathers who only want to see their children but letting others get away with blocking a motorway?

“The lack of justice for fathers is one of the biggest social scandals of our time.

“We have a secretive legal system that is utterly out of touch with the way we live now in a world where dads change nappies, push buggies and spend hours cuddling their children in exactly the same way that good mothers do.”

Cuff will return to the court for sentence later this month.

Judge John Harrow ordered a pre-sentence report ahead of the hearing, but warned Cuff: “The first consideration has to be a prison sentence.”

The defendant had initially pleaded not guilty to the charge against him, changing his plea on the first day of the trial.

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