Thursday, 29 January 2009

Another Day, Another Death…

…at the hands of worthless scum:
The family of an accountant who died at the hands of a young thug today criticised the two-and-a-half year sentence imposed by a judge as wholly inadequate.
As well they might. It was.
Paul Midgley, 23, was celebrating a friend's birthday when Lee Swales, 17, attacked him in a car park in Bridlington, east Yorkshire.
Swales, a convicted burglar who had been drinking, struck his victim a single punch which knocked him to the ground, causing him to suffer a fractured skull.

He then kicked him and stamped on his head while he lay on the ground. A short time later he told a group of friends: "I've just beaten someone up in a car park."
And once again, the contrast – a quiet, unassuming young man with a good job, minding his own business, separated from his life by a feral, feckless, worthless yob with previous convictions.

Sorry, did I say ‘convictions’? He only had a conviction for the burglary - a previous assault was dealt with by way of a ‘police reprimand’.

Yeah, that really taught him a lesson, didn’t it…
Mr Midgley's cousin, Gemma Magson, said: "Paul was a gentle, peaceful man who had never had a fight in his life. Now it feels as though his life was worth nothing."

She went on: "We only found out last week that the Crown was thinking of reducing the charge from murder to manslaughter. He has now got two-and-a-half years. I could get more than that for a motoring offence."
It feels as though his life is worth nothing because, in the modern UK, it is.
Judge Mettyear acknowledged that many would regard the sentence as inadequate, but he said the law allowed him to consider only the defendant's intent.
You don’t think the kicking and punching of an unconscious man while he lays on the ground ‘demonstrates intent’, Judge…?
Swales, of Queensgate, Bridlington, already had a police reprimand for assault and a conviction for burglary. He denied murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
And the reason he killed Mr Midgley? His current paramour, 17 year old Natalie Lee, decided (for reasons best known only to herself ) to falsely accuse this complete stranger as being someone who had touched her breasts earlier in the evening. It was a lie. And it cost an innocent man his life.

You know, try as I might, I can’t see anywhere that she shared the dock with him. As she undoubtedly should have done…

6 comments:

staybryte said...

I noticed the defending barrister said in "mitigation" that the fragrant Miss Lee was: "the love of the defendant's life".

Altogether now, aahhhh...

JuliaM said...

No doubt the same would have been said of Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, had the police brought them to trial...

ranter said...

String 'em up! In public!

How many laws have this bunch passed since 1997? Have any of them made the public feel safer?

More prisons NOW & make prisoners serve the full terms imposed. Nothing else needed apart from stocks, pillories and the gallows for cases like this where there is NO DOUBT!

Umbongo said...

Judge Mettyear apparently has form on his tut-tut approach to egregious behaviour. OTOH, on sentencing policy he has spoken out on at least one occasion about ludicrous restrictions placed on judges by legislation handed down by the feather-bedded scum in Westmister.

Nick von Mises said...

Just thought I'd say great blog. Keep it up.

JuliaM said...

"Judge Mettyear apparently has form on his tut-tut approach to egregious behaviour."

Oh, wonderful: "Judge Mettyear told the pair he had agonised over whether to jail them but was limited to a maximum of two years despite the racing features.

He ordered the pair should be given nine-month suspended prison sentences..."


Yeah, I bet that cost him a few sleepless nights, wondering how best to avoid punishing the poor lambs...

On the subject of the Iraqi, I wonder if he really would have remanded him if he had had free rein...?

"Just thought I'd say great blog. Keep it up."

Thanks! But I long for the days when I won't see anything that make me rush to my blog. If you know what I mean...