First, the two law students in Brazil:
The two British backpackers who falsely claimed they had been robbed in an insurance scam must stay in Brazil until next April to complete their punishment.Which some might say meant they got off lightly…
Shanti Andrews and Rebecca Turner were yesterday handed 16 months' community service by judge in Rio de Janeiro.
They were said to be 'stunned and upset', having expected a much lighter punishment after pleading guilty two days ago to attempting to defraud their insurance firm.Sadly, ladies, Brazil is not the UK. I expect even you’ve figured that out by now.
Turner, from Newbury in Berkshire, and Andrews, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, are both likely to be barred from entering the legal profession on their return to the UK because of their criminal record.Good. The last thing we need is people like this going in to law.
Secondly, the waste of oxygen who thought it would be fun to kill her neighbour’s cat with a crossbow that her equally useless current sperm-donor had bought her:
A drunken teenage girl fired a crossbow bolt at her neighbour's cat in Hyde and then left it to die.Charming…
Chloe O'Connor, 19, shot the cat from her bedroom window and fired the weapon with such force that it went through the pet's stomach and out the other side.
O'Connor, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and handed in various character references to the court.‘Character references’ and ‘probation reports’? Good grief…
Sentencing was adjourned until September 9 while the probation service prepares full reports.
But the thing that struck me was looking at their pictures (the pudgy cat killer’s picture was in the ‘Metro’ report, which doesn’t seem to be online) and thinking how alike they were, despite the presumed difference in upbringing, education, social class and all the other things that are supposed to matter.
They all wore the look, on their similarly-bovine and sullen faces, that said ‘What? Punishment? But there’s not supposed to be any consequences to my actions!’
Truly, they are all products of the modern society we’ve created. Can’t we be proud?