Mrs Ann Townsend of Battersea has been awarded custody of her clothes after a jury found in her favour. The defendent, a white Zanussi ZKG7169 washer-dryer, was found guilty on two specimen charges of theft of a dressing gown and asked for a further 299 to be taken into consideration.
The Italian appliance’s counsel argued unsuccessfully that the washer-dryer had not intended to permanently deprive Mrs Townsend of her dressing gown, just hang on to it over the weekend forcing her to walk around in towel.
However, the prosecution was able to show that on many occasions Mrs Townsend was not given access to her clothes because the white goods refused to let go of the door for up to 8 hours.
‘I’m just grateful this nightmare is over,’ said Mrs Townsend. ‘I want other women to know that if they are after an easier life they should read the small print in the manual and not be suckered in by a grade A economy rating.’
The Zanussi has been sentenced to 6 months in Wandsworth prison laundry.