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Disney Thunder Mountain roller-coaster turned me to crime, thieving postman tells court

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A POSTMAN who stole mail was spared jail after he told a court that a Disneyland roller-coaster left him traumatised.

 

George Ramplin told a judge that he stole parcels containing DVDs because a ride on the Thunder Mountain attraction at Disneyland Paris had caused flashbacks to a minibus crash he was involved in as a 10-year-old.

The 43-year-old  from Harwich, Essex, suffered serious head injuries in the 1978 crash which left his teacher and seven children dead.

At Chelmsford Crown Court Katrina Jamieson, defending, said : “Thunder Mountain is a very fast, frightening roller coaster ride. After being on there Ramplin was terrified and worried there was going to be an accident and all of a sudden memories of the accident when he was ten came flooding back.

“He was having flashbacks to the scene of the accident, dead children's bodies, and he lost two and a half stone in weight and his confidence disappeared.”

Judge Laura Harris said the circumstances of the case were 'wholly exceptional' and imposed a six-month community order with a six-month curfew between 7.00 pm and 7.00 am.

Ramplin,  who pleaded guilty to four offences of theft, is now receiving therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder.

He was also ordered to pay £350 towards the Royal Mail's legal and investigation costs.


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