'Silent Man' won't stop standing in the road
August 30, 2021 | 14 comments
Nobody knows why the man does what he does. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Rept0n1x
An individual known as 'Silent Man' has been standing in the road causing traffic jams for the last 7 years.
The enigmatic individual - who has been identified as 51-year-old David Hampson - first developed a peculiar habit for standing in the road back in 2014 and has been repeatedly doing it ever since.
A typical incident occurred in December of last year when Hampson strode out into a three-lane carriageway and held up the traffic outside Swansea Central Police Station.
When he was inevitably arrested, true to his 'Silent Man' persona he remained completely silent the entire time and even refused to speak during the later court proceedings.
He had previously had a criminal behavior order imposed which forbade him from interfering with the traffic, however this, too, fell on deaf ears and made no difference to his peculiar habit.
He wouldn't even engage with a court doctor who had attempted to interview him.
Efforts are now underway to gain access to his medical records in an attempt to understand what might be wrong with him and why he keeps standing in the road.
"Either Mr Hampson is going to spend the rest of his life in prison or something is done to help him with what are clearly deep-seated problems," the judge said during court proceedings.
"The court wants to help him rather than punish him - whether he is willing to help us do that is another matter."
Source: Wales Online
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