By ANDREW PARKER
SOZZLED Gary Leigh was left feeling a right dummy -- after falling for a shop manneqin.
Gary, 32, spotted the fully-dressed model in a store display after a marathon booze session.
He was so smitten by its “alluring eyes” he SMASHED the shop’s £600 window, GRABBED the dummy and CUDDLED it in the street.
Passers-by watched amazed as he then frolicked with the model in the high street before strolling home with his new “girlfriend”.
Plumber Gary noticed the dummy in a women’s clothes shop in Buxton, Derbyshire, after sinking two bottles of spirits and several pints of lager during an all-day bender.
His lawyer Richard Orme told Derby Crown Court: “He wanted to make the mannequin’s acquaintance. He found its eyes alluring. But of course he now realises it was a case of drunken stupidity.
“He is getting married in January and this incident has been a source of embarrassment to him and his wife-to-be.”
Cops found the dummy at Gary’s home the next day after an anonymous tip-off. Gary admitted damaging the window and was fined £250 and ordered to pay £670 compensation and £150 costs.
Judge John Wait told him: “This was thoroughly irresponsible behaviour. You have serious problems with drink and on this day you had consumed a vast amount.”
Gary said after the case: “I’ve had an awful lot of grief over this from my partner but she is still going to marry me.
“It took a lot of explaining but I just told her I had had too much to drink and didn’t really know what I was doing. I’d met up with some friends and drank lager and spirits. I don’t know what came over me.”