Monday, 25 January 2010

Even An Open And Shut Case...

...doesn't attract a proper sentence:
...after an appeal on national television, Mackay was shopped to police by a colleague at delivery firm Hi Speed.

He was arrested but denied attacking the girl, instead claiming she had approached him in the lane.

But when he was shown the CCTV footage of the attack he refused to answer any more questions and eventually pleaded guilty to kidnap and kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence.
And for this, he gets...

Go on, guess...
Sentencing Mackay to five years in prison, with a further two years to be spent on licence, Judge Ruth Downing said the abduction was both “chilling and frightening”.
Wow! That'll show him...
Defence lawyers argued Mackay only attacked the girl because he was suffering a breakdown after the death of his son and sister, and the break-up of his 26-year marriage.

Mackay’s current partner was in court today and he exchanged smiles with her across the courtroom.
Well, the schoolgirls of England can sleep safe in their beds for another five years, I suppose. Or will it be less?

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