A man who filmed himself shooting swans on the River Thames and uploaded the footage to Facebook has…Been sent to the Tower?
… avoided jail.Ah. Of course.
Redouane Flissi, 22, of Slough, admitted shooting the birds with an air pistol on May 8. Thames Valley Police said he uploaded the video to Facebook which was seen by members of the public.
He was arrested on May 8 and also damaged a book belonging to police while he was held in custody. Flissi was charged with injuring a wild bird and criminal damage to a property valued under £5,000.A textbook case, butting up against the notorious leniency of the justice system.
He was handed a suspended sentence of 16 weeks imprisonment, suspended 12 months and fined £85, police said.Not that the police seem to have noticed this:
Investigating officer PC Robin Nickless, from Windsor police station, said: “This offender was so brazen as to put a video of the act on Facebook, and to write that the act was committed against a swan, in Windsor.
“This conviction shows how it is completely unacceptable to injure any animal on the River Thames, especially a bird belonging to the Queen. Any offenders caught will be swiftly brought to justice.”You call that ‘justice’? Are you an idiot?
And if not...who are you trying to kid, yourself or us?