A wedding DJ has been jailed for 14 weeks for urinating on a cancer patient and then posting the footage online.
Leigh Brookfield, 40, was standing next to Peter Barton, 72, in the toilets of a tennis club when the older man told him of his cancer diagnosis.
Brookfield filmed himself as he secretly urinated over Barton’s back and uploaded the footage to Snapchat. Llanelli magistrates court in south-west Wales heard Barton cried when he discovered what had happened to him.
Kelly Rivers, prosecuting, said the DJ went to the toilet on Boxing Day 2023 at Llanelli tennis and squash club.
Rivers said: “Peter Barton was at the urinal when Leigh Brookfield started speaking to him. Barton was telling him he had been unwell due to a cancer diagnosis and the defendant proceeded to urinate on his back. He filmed himself urinating and posted the footage on Snapchat and it began to go viral.”
Rivers said Barton was completely shocked after being informed of what had happened the following day by members of the tennis club.
“They showed him the video that was circulating on the internet. He was completely gobsmacked and there were tears in his eyes.”
In a victim personal statement Barton said: “When I saw this video I actually cried. I couldn’t believe someone would do that to another person. I just feel that his actions were absolutely disgusting.”
Brookfield admitted assault. Robert Thomas, defending, said: “In terms of the incident there’s very little that can be said in his favour.”
He said Brookfield, who is expecting a baby next month with his partner, was “frankly appalled” at his own behaviour and wanted to apologise to Barton.
The district judge Mark Layton jailed Brookfield for 14 weeks and ordered him to pay Barton £500 compensation.
He said: “Mr Barton engaged you in polite conversation telling you he had prostate cancer.” He said most people would have responded with “kind words and sympathy” but Brookfield instead urinated on his back and “uploaded it to Snapchat for all to see”.
Llanelli tennis and squash club said it had banned Brookfield for life and described Barton as a “valued member of our club”.
They added: “He was understandably upset about this incident as he has recently had treatment for cancer.”
The DJ, who performs in bars and at weddings around Llanelli, posted an apology on Facebook.
He wrote: “I’m apologising to you all regarding my actions this evening. I’m deeply sorry for those who I have offended and if I could take it all back I would.
“It’s just something me and the boys do when we are drunk and until watching the video back I didn’t realise that the nice gentleman next to me was going through health problems.”
But his apology was criticised by viewers of the video with one saying she no longer wanted him to DJ at their parties.