Repeat streaker Ephraim James McIntyre believes he is reaching “legend status” according to submissions at the Christchurch District Court where he pleaded guilty today.
The Richmond drainlayer was fined $1500 by Judge Gary MacAskill on the charge of invading the pitch at a major sporting event.
He already owes about $5000 in previous fines which he is paying off at $80 a week. Last year he was fined $800 for disorderly behaviour for another streak.
His defence counsel Miranda Rout said McIntyre’s naked run at the opening match of the Cricket World Cup match at Hagley Oval on February 14 was “idiotic exhibitionist behaviour inspired by the intoxication of a rapturous crowd”.
She said McIntyre’s exploits meant he was “acquiring legend status”. Imposing anything more punitive than a fine ran the risk of “adding to his status as a legend” in the media, she suggested.
On one occasion, he had streaked to raise money for the Pike River mine disaster families.
His latest streak had amounted to an eight second disruption to a sporting event.
Police said the streak happened at the Black Caps vs Sri Lanka game at about 6.20pm, when the game was being attended by 18,000 people and being televised to a worldwide audience.
McIntyre removed his clothes and ran out naked onto the field where he was caught about 100m onto the field by security staff.
McIntyre told police: “It gives me a buzz when the crowd cheers.”
Judge MacAskill said the behaviour was a moderate level of seriousness. There were a number of factors that made it undesirable behaviour, he said, imposing the $1500 fine.
The maximum penalties under the new legislation are a fine of $5000 and three months’ imprisonment.