Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Doctor Michael Costello PhD Is Above The Law…

…because he cares so very much:
A university academic and wildlife specialist was convicted of criminal damage after breaking the window of a derelict shop in a bid to free trapped pigeons.
Yup, you heard that right – pigeons. The winged rats of the modern city.
He received a call on January 29 from a woman who said pigeons had been trapped inside an abandoned shop in Southend High Street for about five days.
Costello, 69, of Lewisham, travelled to the shop, which is owned by Levar Commerical Finance Limited. He took out tools to break a back window, but was spotted by a woman who phoned police.
He was arrested before he could free the birds.
Sterling job by Essex Police there, and I don’t often say that. Pity they didn’t taser the old fool too.

He got a six-month conditional discharge. But of course, he rejects that, wrapping himself in the cloak of self-righteousness as he does so.
Costello told the court that at the time of the incident he believed he had a duty to free the birds under section four of the Animal Welfare Act.
The magistrates clearly decided that was bunk. But fret not for the feathered vermin:
The court heard that a day later the building’s owners contacted the RSPCA to free the pigeons.
Which is what he should have done, rather than play vigilante.
He said: “I have been rescuing animals for about 40 years. “I was told the animals had been there for about five days.
“Usually, birds will die about this time if they do not have access to food and water. The way I see it, it is like seeing a dog at the point of death, trapped in a hot car on a summer’s day, and breaking the window to save its life.
“I don’t think I should have been prosecuted.”
Except they hardly were ‘at the point of death’, were they? So it’s totally unlike the situation you describe.
Costello carries a large trolley with him that contains a bird rescue kit, including a cardboard pet carrier and a net, in case he is called to an emergency.
He added: “I consider it a matter of duty for us to help distressed animals.
“I don’t necessarily consider this my life’s work, but I can’t just pass by when I see an animal suffering.”
No-one’s asking you to ‘pass on by’. Merely to obey the law.


Furor Teutonicus said...

XX The way I see it, it is like seeing a dog at the point of death, trapped in a hot car on a summer’s day, and breaking the window to save its life. XX

You will be prosecuted for that as well.

SENTENCED is another matter.

Think; Pig, dog, sheep, mule, horse, ass, cow.

Everyting else is a rat, and whether in road traffic, or anywhere else, does not count.

Anonymous said...

Mocking a kind gesture is the blogger's prerogative, Julia.

Here's to the prospect of a modern St Gall liberating Führer's sick-looking parrot.

Tatty said...

...the building’s owners contacted the RSPCA...

...who...presumably...went to the exertive lengths of simply opening a window.

As the Yanks say, "your tax dollars at work".

Anonymous said...

"Pig, dog, sheep, mule, horse, ass, cow."

Ahem. Cat. Covered under the law, and you can forget the Egyptian/Sumerian kak, they've been winding 'round our legs since the Neolithic.

Archaeology says so.

Anyone touching my cats, has a little accident.

Furor Teutonicus said...

Cats are NOT covered under the RTA. NOR are they treated as "special" in court.

You kidnap a cat, ALL that you can be charged with is theft of the collar.

CIVIL law MAY allow a civil case for damages if the moggy snuffs it, but criminal law, FORGET it. It is a RAT!

Mishi said...

Is it just me, or does it sound like his trolley is a front for burglary?

Not caught - use trolley to snaffle away any goodies. Caught - I'm an animal lover, look at my animal loving equipment.

Anonymous said...


Trapped bird rescue kit, air rifle job done.

JuliaM said...

"You will be prosecuted for that as well."

Actually, you probably wouldn't be.

"...who...presumably...went to the exertive lengths of simply opening a window."

Or called out the keyholder!