Police have spent £170,000 of public money trying to prosecute a strippergram for playing an officer as part of his act.Boy, there must be no burglaries, thefts, assaults, hell, even jaywalking, in Aberdeen.
Stuart Kennedy, who performs under the stage name of Sergeant Eros, was last week cleared in court for the 22nd time.
The case collapsed after the Crown Office dropped the charges against him.
Or perhaps it’s just that the police there are inordinately thick, as they seem impervious to gentle hints even after six bites at the same cherry:
Since March 2007, the 25-year-old genetics student from Aberdeen University has been arrested six times and spent 123 hours in custody, without police securing a single conviction.Why is someone high up in Grampian Police not calling his senior officers on the carpet and telling them to cut this out? If not for the sake of natural justice, then for the sake of their budget?
Grampian Police have incurred the wrath of the public over the accumulated police, court and legal aid costs now mounting to an estimated £170,000.
Oh, I forgot - we are paying that, aren’t we? And so there’s no comebacks – at least, no financial ones – for making your police
But then, they seem to take their cue from the elected politicians:
Richard Baker, Labour's Justice spokesman, said locals were growing sick of the Eros saga.A what….? A ‘deterrent’ to whom, exactly? The young lad trying to earn a bit of cash in a perfectly legal manner and being harassed by the police?
'I don't see this as serving effectively as a deterrent and people regard this more as ludicrous than as a serious matter,' he told the Independent.
Why, exactly, should he be deterred?
Assistant Chief Constable of Grampian Police, Colin Menzies, said his force had a duty to investigate all reports of alleged criminal behaviour.What ‘alleged criminal behaviour’? Just what is he supposed to be doing?
Certainly not ‘bringing the police into disrepute’. Your officers are doing that quite nicely all by themselves….