Rikesh Patel fired pellets at a 12-year-old girl from his accommodation at Compton Park, Compton Road West, hitting her in the leg and leaving a bruise.For no reason (though what reason would you have?). He was a university student who happened to think an amusing way of passing the time was to snipe at the neighbour's kids...
Two weeks later, he shot two 14-year-old boys in the head and neck.
Both suffered superficial injuries.
Judge Martin Walsh told 20-year-old Patel he could have blinded the boys.Should be case closed, right?
Police were called to the scene of the shooting and a porter said he believed Patel had an airgun. His room was searched and police found the weapon and pellets.
Patel admitted three charges of assault on April 28 and May 6.
Mr Dean Kershaw, defending, said Patel, who was studying to be an accountant, had since been expelled by the university. He was a bright student with four A-Levels, but behaved like a “buffoon and an idiot”.No, he behaved like a creepy psycopath...
Still, our justice system will take a dim view of this, in light of Cumbria, surely?
Patel was given three months’ custody, suspended for two years, and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work.*sigh*
He was given a curfew for four months from 7pm to 7am.
Yes, admittedly, an airgun is not a .22 rifle or a shotgun. But how come the sentence is so light, given the intent to cause harm to strangers?
Update: For an example of oddity in sentencing, check out the case noted in the comments by DerekP:
Sentencing the pair, Judge Clement Goldstone QC said the courts needed to deter people from taking the law into their own hands.Well, judge, one way to do that is to actually do your job, isn't it?