The smell of garlic may well make your mouth water when you visit your favourite Italian restaurant, but when you’re sitting in court it’s more likely to make your eyes water. That’s exactly what happened at Bristol Crown Court on Tuesday 15th April when a man spread garlic oil on radiators and in plant pots on the first floor of the building. The smell of garlic became so strong that cases were adjourned and the building had to be evacuated.
A woman who fell victim to the pungent odour claimed, 'It was utterly disgusting, I've never experienced anything like it. It made me gag and I can smell it on my clothes and hair.'
And BBC Journalist who was covering the Alan Riddock murder trial at the time said, 'When I got home I felt sick and had a headache… Other colleagues who were in the building had similar symptoms… At one stage I was forced to put my handkerchief over my nose so I could breathe properly. My clothes reeked of garlic and my suit will need to go to the drycleaners.'
Judge, jurors, barristers and defendants were all forced to leave as the garlic smell gradually permeated the entire 10-court building.
'It was harmless but it has been very disrupting. We have identified the individual from CCTV and police are investigating.' Said Senior listing officer Nigel Northeast