A mother who tackled a teenage vandal by driving him to his parents' home has been fined for breaching the peace.Yes, this is Scotland. Want to claim it wouldn’t happen here?
Fiscal depute Rebecca Kynaston said Donnelly told his parents what their son had done, but ended up shouting at them because she was frustrated by their response.I can just imagine what it was…
Donnelly admitted breaching the peace and was fined £600. Her partner Maxwell Brown, 31, admitted assaulting the boy and was fined £200.The ‘assault’ seems to be pulling the little oxygen-thief by his jacket. Not by his neck, as he deserved….
Sheriff Lindsay Foulis told Donnelly he could understand her frustration, but said she had "totally lost the plot".No, she hadn’t. She was just at the end of her tether, as nothing was done by those who claim to act on our behalf to restore law and order.
Speaking outside court, Donnelly said: "It is ridiculous that I am in court at all. I was sick to death of my door getting smashed. These kids just keep on coming in.Indeed. Dealing with them is too hard, too difficult. So the court took the easy option; it dealt with you instead.
She added: "I was totally shocked when the police turned up and even they said they were surprised and couldn't believe it.
"The whole justice system is a joke. They smashed my window but nothing happens to them."
That famous icon of blindfolded justice should be replaced. What would best indicate the new state of affairs, I wonder?
Update: Scotland needs more Judge Bowers...