A teacher from Hove has appealed against a conviction for harassing his old head by putting up wanting posters accusing her of perjury.
Brian Tomlins, 60, of Hogarth Road, Hove, put up the posters in the area around West Hove Junior School – now Hove Junior School – in June.
He also accused his old boss Janis Taylor, who sacked him, of covering up a sexual assault.
She denied the claims and Tomlins was convicted of harassment last month and fined £300 at Brighton Magistrates’ Court. His appeal is expected to be in the crown court.
He said that he had complained to the police about Mrs Taylor committing perjury when she gave evidence at his Employment Tribunal. But, he said, Sussex Police had refused even to investigate.
Instead he was arrested – twice – and ended up with a conviction for harassment.
He is appealing because he does not believe that the court properly considered his defence.
His defence was that his actions were reasonable because every attempt to raise matters through more appropriate channels had been rebuffed. He also said that he had been trying to expose a crime – perjury.
No date has yet been set for the appeal.
He is also pursuing a claim in the county court against Brighton and Hove City Council over a misleading reference. As a result of the reference he had been unable to find work since his dismissal.
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