A TERMINALLY-ill university lecturer who was arrested after mooning a speed camera as part of his bucket list has gone on trial accused of a public order offence.

Darrell Meekcom, aged 55, was detained in his back garden by several officers after he bared his bottom at a mobile speed camera van last November.

The dad-of-two, who has multiple system atrophy (MSA), was originally arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and dangerous driving before being bailed.

On Tuesday (August 2) Mr Meekcom went on trial at Redditch Magistrates' Court accused of obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Darrell Meekcom restrained by police officersDarrell Meekcom restrained by police officers

Two further counts he had been facing of using threatening behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress were dropped by prosecutors.

Prosecutor Sarah Hurd said police had attended Mr Meekcom's home in Kidderminster, "for matters the court did not need to know about."

She said Mr Meekcom had been uncooperative when officers arrived at the address and he had directed abuse towards them before resisting arrest.

One police officer described how Mr Meekcom called him a swear word and began singing Monty Python's 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' at him.

Opening the case, Ms Hurd said it was only a "short piece of obstruction" but the defendant's actions had been "unjustified".

She added: "For matters that you do not need to know about officers attended the defendant's address at around 12.30pm on November 5.

“They went to investigate an offence and they knock on the door. The defendant answers through a window and says he will not cooperate.

"He does not want to give his name or discuss anything with the officers.

“They make a forced entry to a back gate at the address and arrive at the back garden.

"There is body-cam footage which shows Mr Meekcom is at the back of his premises, he shouts abuse at the officers and they then arrest him.

“You hear him say that he refuses to cooperate with the police.

"He is not cooperating with his arms in allowing them to get a grip properly to allow them to apply handcuffs. He then resists arrest at that point.

“It is only once they have gone through the back gate that the defendant's behaviour is going to be looked at. He is resisting.

"He is taken to the ground, it is then that Mr Meekcom informs them that he has some very serious health conditions.

“He is then led round to the front of the premise where the handcuffs are changed from the front to the back to help him breathe.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Darrell Meekcom wore a t-shirt showing Bart Simpson flashing his bottom at police when he appeared in court back in May. Photo: SWNSDarrell Meekcom wore a t-shirt showing Bart Simpson flashing his bottom at police when he appeared in court back in May. Photo: SWNS

“It is a short piece of obstruction and the defendant is unjustified in what he does.”

In police body-cam footage played to the court Mr Meekcom can be heard telling PC Gareth Jones, of West Mercia Police: "I mooned a speed camera. I’m terminally ill. I’ve got Parkinson's mate."

Giving evidence, PC Jones said Mr Meekcom had earlier been abusive and added: "I was concerned by what he would do next.

“I straight away tell him he’s under arrest for indecent exposure and dangerous driving.

“As I was finishing the caution, I grabbed his left arm to prevent any harm.

“He said ‘you don’t have to grab me.’ He then prevented me from moving his arm to the rear.

“From the very beginning he was doing whatever he could to stop us. We did move the handcuffs as we were listening to him about his health.

“He was singing to me, calling me names, commenting on my hair, making it difficult".

The court heard then that "the prosecution case is that he decided to drop his trousers at a speed enforcement van, when officers went over to his home he wouldn't come out."

Speaking at the time Mr Meekcom said he was left "gobsmacked" at the "heavy-handed" response and accused West Mercia Police of "outrageous bullying."

He also hit back at the "trumped-up" charges claiming that officers are "looking for any little thing to get me on".

He added: "It's pathetic. What an absolute waste of public funding.

Kidderminster Shuttle: Darrell Meekcom standing by his damaged fence. Photo: SWNS Darrell Meekcom standing by his damaged fence. Photo: SWNS

“This is an escalation of what they've done. You can't keep changing it and altering it until you find something that fits.

"What are they going to come up with next. They are literally looking for any little thing to get me on.

"I pulled my trousers down and mooned at a speed camera. That's all I did.

"They are essentially admitting that there was no offence committed in the first place.

"There is nothing on this charge sheet saying I committed any initial offence whatsoever.

"Why were they kicking living daylights of me in the back garden if there was no offence committed?

"So all this is after they bashed my doors in, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage, for no good reason.

"The police escalated it and I am furious about it. I never thought it would get to this point.

"It is a case of bullying and they are trying to get anything they can possibly get to get me.

"I dread to think how much taxpayer's money it is costing to do this.

"My health will not, and has not, got better since all this started. The stress of all this has made my health worse. It is unbelievable."

Mr Meekcom, who lives with wife Sarah, aged 36, and their two daughters, previously told how he was left stunned when cops turned up outside their home.

He had dropped his trousers at a mobile speed camera van on Stourbridge Road in Kidderminster while his wife went to buy some bread from a nearby Tesco Express.

Mobile phone footage filmed by Sarah, a nurse, shows Mr Meekcom telling officers: "I'm terminally ill, I won't be able to breathe like this.

"This is ridiculous - I moonied a speed camera. I moonied a speed camera."

Wheelchair-user Darrell - who also has Parkinson's Disease and heart and kidney problems - added: "I was simply gobsmacked. It's honestly all just baffling.

"I got out the car and flashed my bum. I pulled my trousers up and got back in the car. I didn't think anything of it.

"It was a good laugh."

Mr Meekcom denies the offence.

The trial continues.