Homeopaths are hailing the conviction for being drunken and disorderly of Mr Julian Trove as proof of their theories, which have long been viewed with scepticism by the medical profession. The 41-year-old practitioner of the controversial therapy claims all he drank was a litre of water with .000000001 concentration of alcohol before going out shouting in the street and challenging a policeman to a fist fight before passing out.
“It was a preparation I had for a client”, he claims, “but he never turned up and I drank the lot. I don't know what made me act so irresponsibly – it's a fundamental part of our professional ethics that our preparations be treated with the care their potency requires”.
However, local off-licence owner Dale Bedford challenges this version of events. He says he sold Mr Trove a bottle of Johnny Walker that evening. Mr Trove was already “very inebriated”, he said, and loudly abused him about the “excuse for a lager” he had bought there earlier in the day. “That stuff is weaker than piss”, he is alleged to have said, slurring his words, “even a fucking homeopath would give you something stronger”.