Josh Booth Ordered Home After Break In
Josh Booth, a 21-year-old Olympic rower from Australia, has been ordered to return to his home after breaking into two separate stores in London, thinking each one was his home.
It goes without saying that Josh was drunk at the time of the incident, but police in London decided not to charge him with the crime.
Josh has agreed to compensate the shopkeepers for the damage that he left in their buildings as a result of his drunken error in judgment.
The Australian Olympic committee has not been as kind as police have, and is assessing the case for possible disciplinary action to be given in the future.
However, they have worked with police to help him avoid any charges that may have otherwise been brought against Josh for this attempt.
“This has been an embarrassing situation not just for rowing but for us as well,” said deputy chef de mission Chris Fydler.
“We expect a much higher standard of behaviour from all of our athletes and will certainly be reminding section managers, as various sports finish, that a level of behaviour is expected of their athletes.
“Josh is very apologetic and embarrassed by what has happened and wants to make good for any damage that he caused.
“It’s quite out of character and he can’t explain why he conducted himself in that particular way, but accepts that was what happened and is prepared for any of the repercussions.”
Josh states that he was celebrating the attainment of his Olympic dream and did not mean harm to the shopkeepers.