Pitch invader who collided with English cricketer guilty of aggravated trespassing

Pitch invader who collided with English cricketer guilty of aggravated trespassing

Daniel Jarvis arrives at Croydon Magistrates' Court accused of aggravated trespassing (PA) (PA Archive)

Daniel Jarvis arrives at Croydon Magistrates’ Court accused of aggravated trespassing (PA) (PA Archive)

A self-styled YouTube prankster who clashed with British cricketer Jonny Bairstow after invading the Oval field was found guilty of aggravated trespassing.

Daniel Jarvis, 34, clashed with the 32-year-old hitter at the non-striker’s end after taking the field to pitch to Ollie Pope, 24, on the second day of the fourth test against India.

Jarvis, who has a YouTube account with more than 170,000 subscribers, was arrested for the stunt on September 3 last year and later charged with aggravated trespassing.

In the Croydon Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, District Judge Daniel Benjamin said: “The question in the case is clear, namely whether he intended to stop the test match.”

He concluded that this was Jarvis’s intention, adding: “I find Mr. Jarvis guilty of aggravated trespassing.”

Jarvis, who self-represented after his request to adjourn the case was denied, had no beard and was wearing an Emporio Armani EA7 hoodie and sweatpants, clutching a Gucci bag.

The court was shown an on-air footage of him running on the pitch, as well as a video he recorded showing him hiding in a toilet before running on the pitch after receiving a phone call telling him to go.

The court also saw videos of him invading the pitch in two previous cricket matches between England and India, at Lord’s Cricket Ground on 12 August and Headingly Cricket Ground in Leeds on 25 August.

During cross-examination, prosecutor Nicola Grindey said: “You know when you go to an international cricket pitch they cannot continue playing while you are there.

“You had the cricket ball because your intention was to run and effectively throw the ball towards the wicket.

“When you came out you got to see one of the England players in batting gear – you met him.

“You knew you were not allowed to enter the pitch because you had already been to cricket pitches and were asked to leave.”

Jarvis said he was not arrested for the first two field invasions, claiming he did not believe he was “breaking any law” and “no one has been prosecuted for these things before”.

He took to the stands saying: “I didn’t intend to interrupt the game. I didn’t know when I was going out. Why haven’t I been arrested before? Why is everyone attacking me for this?

He said he gets “positive feedback” on his videos, which he does for “people’s pleasure”, adding, “I get a lot of people who say they have mental health and my videos make them happy.”

He replied “no comment” to every question when he was interviewed by the police the court heard.

Jarvis said he didn’t believe he was trespassing because he had a ticket, stating that people “run out naked” during matches but are not arrested.

He told the judge that he “accidentally” came into contact with Bairstow, admitting that “I can’t remember the man’s name”.

Jarvis, of Gravesend, Kent, who had previously pleaded not guilty to the single aggravated trespassing charge, was granted on unconditional bail.

The judge postponed the sentence at the same court to October 19, to allow the preparation of the pre-sentence minutes.

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