My good friend the General has just returned from places far afield and conveys, somewhat belatedly, some news from the agricultural district concerning one of his 'former' tory councillors Paul Peccioli. Peccioli is also well known thereabouts for among other things being the former mega entrepreneurial proprietor of a bacon sandwich caravan named 'Truly Scrumptious', from which he sold coronaries to lorry drivers until it was ignaminiously and unceremoniously towed from it's London road junction pitch by the local constabulary following complaints about safety and obstruction of the public highway.
He is also well known locally for being an arrogant and belligerent Scots dwarf who was abusive to neighbours who complained about his inconsiderate parking of multiple vehicles and trailers and is said to be somewhat of a piss artist. Sounds like a typical town hall Tory to me.
Anyway, read on and giggle says the General. Indeed we will my friend, indeed we will.
A FORMER district councillor has been accused of holding a woman prisoner in her own home and then pursuing her in a high-speed car chase after she tried to escape.
Paul Peccioli, (54), of Stafford Close, Daventry, is also accused of brandishing an air pistol which he said was real and of threatening to harm the family of Julia Pickup during a week-long ordeal alleged to have taken place at her home in Harborough Liecestershire.
Peccioli, a former elected member of Daventry District Council, appeared at Harborough Magistrates’ Court charged with one count of harassment that would put Ms Pickup in fear of violence from the incidents, said to have taken place between September 1 and September 7 last year.
Peccioli, who denied the allegations, was committed to Leicester Crown Court for trial as the case was deemed too serious to be dealt with by magistrates.
The court heard that Peccioli stood accused of showing Ms Pickup an air pistol on September 1 last year and telling her it was real, before threatening to harm her family.
He was also said to have prevented her from leaving her home, was accused of assaulting her by slapping her legs and then pursuing her in a high-speed car chase after she managed to escape with work colleagues.
The couple met via the internet in March last year, but Miss Pickup ended the relationship in September after Peccioli became "possessive and overbearing".
Peccioli was given a 12-month suspended prison sentence and a restraining order that prevents him from going within 50 metres of Miss Pickup's home or contacting her.
Judge Michael Pert QC said: "I am prepared to accept that at this late stage of your life you have made a fool of yourself rather than being an inherently dangerous person.
"But that is of little consolation to your victim, and I have to take steps to protect her. Your behaviour during this incident was disgraceful."
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