A gentleman from Essex who replaced a work colleague's computer mouse with a real live version has been taken to court over allegations of bullying. His victim, 29 year old Todd Begswick, is still traumatised by both the event itself and the resultant mouse blood on his favourite shirt.
'It was thoroughly convincing,' explained Mr Begswick, 'He blu-tacked the mouse's tail into the USB port on the back of my keyboard and played a youtube video of a cat so that it would stay very still. He even glued a small red Led to its underside. It wasn't until I had bashed it on the table a couple of times that his trickery, and the poor animals intestines, became apparent.'
The accused, however, cannot believe that the case has come so far.
'This is a complete misunderstanding. Todd has cheese sandwiches everyday and drops bits into his keyboard, the mouse had simply wandered up for a nibble between his S and D keys. Todd came over in a mood, shouted that his bloody computer had gone on standby and repeatedly bashed the poor critter on the desk.'
However his defence is undermined by previous accusations.
'Once he replaced my screen saver with actual fish sellotaped to the monitor screen. As the monitor had been left on over the weekend I just thought the images had burnt into the screen and worked around them, after a few days the stench was awful.'
The outcome of the case is yet to be decided as it has been delayed due to an accident to the alleged victim on the way to the courtroom, leaving him hospitalised.
'The police had said they would send me a lift to the courthouse and 'it' was black and white and 'parked' outside my house,' said Mr Begswick through his bandages, 'I just assumed that was what Panda cars looked like, how was I to know what he'd done?'