A man has been jailed for attacking a young mother after her pushchair accidentally nudged his on a London bus.About time! I remember this incident, because the CCTV from the bus was released in the hunt for the attackers, and the extreme violence used was shocking:
Hendon magistrates' court heard that Ms de Aguiar had made room for the couple when they got on the No 83 bus in Hendon with their child but then her buggy touched theirs as she moved it back into position.
Boyle launched a four-letter tirade at Ms de Aguiar, spitting at her and threatening to punch her.
Pope smashed her head into a hand rail three times and dragged her across the bus by her hair. He then threw her off the vehicle and kicked her as she lay in the road.
Ms de Aguiar used her child's umbrella in an attempt to defend herself, said prosecutor Priya Valentine, but suffered "repeated and sustained violence".
Pope used "considerable force" to block her attempts to get back to her daughters, aged three and three months, on the bus.
After the attack he and Boyle casually wheeled their pushchair off the bus and walked away.I guess we're talking many, many months, even yea..
Oh:So why? I mean, what judge could possibly view this CCTV, look at all the circumstances, and come up with such a paltry sentence? A commenter blames the CPS for charging it as common assault rather than assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Magistrate Dr Malcolm Cohen jailed Pope for four months and gave Boyle a three-month sentence suspended for a year. She must attend a women's centre for 36 hours and do 100 hours of unpaid work.Are you kidding me? Did they get the now-infamous 'I'm terribly sorry, I don't know what came over me, I won't do it again, promise...' discount?
Det Sgt Brad Crossley, of the Barnet Beat Crimes Unit, said: "It was a sickening attack on a lone woman with children. Neither of those convicted showed any remorse for their actions either in interview or in court.
Whatever the reason, it's hard not to agree with North Northwester that our so-called 'independent judiciary' is not worth a candle.
Perhaps Magistrate Dr Malcolm Cohen's daughters or female friends are unlikely to ever travel on the bus, and so he cares little for the consequences of his actions? Perhaps his hands really are tied by useless government guidelines? Or perhaps it's something else?
Whatever the reason, those wondering why no-one on the bus helped the woman, or why the bus driver allowed them to escape, should wonder no longer. If 'the system' doesn't care, why should they?