Monday, 30 January 2012

Should We Fund The ‘Help’ He Needs..?

Major Matthew Wright, 47, downed 12 cans of lager before staging the sit-in, during which he hurled a radio and a bowl out of the property, Bournemouth Crown Court was told.

After a 30-minute stand-off, two firearms officers entered the property and arrested the distressed dad, of Arrowsmith Lane, in Wimborne, prosecutor Simon Jones said.

He said: “Jones was banging on the window shouting: ‘If you come in I will cut you’ “He threw a china bowl of food at a PC, turned the gas on and the microwave and was ready to kill himself.

“He was threatening to cut officers’ throats as he was banging on the windows.”

Before this, he had been threatening to hit and pour boiling water over former wife Susan Wright. She left at around 5pm.
Mitigation is going to be something, eh?
Mark Ruffell, mitigating, said his client gets on well with his family but drinks too much.

“He has problems that he needs counselling for,” Mr Ruffell said.
He has problems? I’d say it’s the neighbours that have problems. And his family.

Speaking of which…
Wright’s 25-year-old daughter was in court to testify for his good character.
Not his wife? Maybe she’s had enough?
Nikita Wright, a student, said: “He needs help to get off the drink and drugs. If he is helped he can become the man that he was, a loving, caring, devoted dad and husband.”
Many, many, many dads don’t need help for that, though, love.

And I’m not sure yours is worth it, frankly. If he can afford drink and drugs, he can afford therapy.


Demetrius said...

Try this one:

Curmudgeon said...

I take it he's not actually an Army "Major" - from the photo he looks like a typical middle-aged deadleg.

Captain Haddock said...

If he was staging a sit-in & given his past history, which was known about & once any potential hostage(s) had left the house, why weren't the utility services called to cut off gas, electricity & water supplies ? ..

Then just sit back & starve him out .. I think it used to be called seige warfare ..

Failing that, there are certain types of munitions, fired from a shotgun, which can incapacitate dangerous/unstable people, prior to Police entering the building ..

JuliaM said...

"Try this one"

Blogger eats links, sadly :( Is it the Latvian man who murdered his wife?

"I take it he's not actually an Army "Major"..."

I hope not! I was sort of assuming it was his name.

"...why weren't the utility services called to cut off gas, electricity & water supplies ? .."

It seems the police go into 'softly, softly' mode. The inconvenience to the neighbours is never factored in.