A serial rapist has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights on the grounds that being tagged is inhuman and degrading.
'Imaging how it feels,' said 22-year-old Harry Fleshman, 'when you have to explain to your mates that you can't stay in the pub past closing time because you'd be breaking your curfew. It's downright degrading.'
Mr Fleshman, who pleaded guilty last month to his seventeenth charge of rape, must wear an electronic tag on his ankle at least until the end of September.
His solicitor added that tagging is inherently inhuman. 'Tagging is what farmers do to livestock,' he said in a press statement outside Croydon Magistrates' Court. 'By tagging people, the judicial system is treating people like animals. I have every confidence that my client's appeal will succeed.'
The same solicitor is also planning to take seventy-eight other cases to the European Court of Human Rights, on the grounds that community service is degrading.
'Being made to pick up litter in town centres or other public places where your friends, family and work colleagues may easily see you is, without doubt, degrading,' he said. 'Furthermore, being compulsory and unpaid work, it is within the legal definition of slavery, which has already been proved inhuman and illegal in all European countries.'
In a separate move, the entire prison population of Wormwood Scrubs is believed to be preparing a class action on the basis that being locked in your room and having to do what you're told is degrading for anyone over 12 years of age.