Thursday, 13 December 2018

The Pen Is Not Mightier Than The Baton....

Prosecutor Julian Lynch, during the 22-year-old's sentencing at Oxford Crown Court, said prison guard Nigel Mason had been bringing Travers breakfast and had poured 'boiling or near boiling' water into his cup when the inmate flung it at the man's face.
Mr Lynch said: "The guard was relatively fortunate in that he was scolded (sic) in the face but there was no permanent physical damage."
Clearly, a criminal's right to a hot cuppa trumps health and safety in our cosseted prison system...
He said Travers, originally of Veryan Court, London but currently serving in prison for harassment, then tried to block entry to his cell and when officers got in they found him holding a pen and 'making a stabbing motion.'
After refusing to drop the impromptu weapon, he had to be struck twice by guards with their batons before relinquishing it.
Heh!
Laban Leake, in mitigation, said Travers had expressed 'genuine remorse' and experienced a 'moment of madness' due to the prisoner in the cell next to his 'engaging in a dirty protest'.
He added: "My client did not intend to injure the guard, who he previously had a good relationship with."
Yeah, sure.
Judge Peter Ross, sentencing Travers to 32 months in prison for one count of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, said he had 'very real concerns' about the danger he posed.
A further 15 months was added for one count of affray, which will be served concurrently, after his current sentence has ended.
Shouldn't this be 'consecutively' then?

4 comments:

Dr Evil said...

Yes indeed it should be consecutively. Two crimes should get two separate sentences and all multiple crimes should have sentences served consecutively, one after another.

Tom J said...

I assume the 2 new terms (32 months for ABH, 15 for affray) will be concurrent with each other but consecutive to the term for whatever he's currently in for.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, pressure is put on the judicial system by politicians who live in their own secluded, safe, little world, and do not have to experience real life. This is not about a violent man attacking someone who was doing his job. This is about a set of statistics linked in with budget restraints. Yes,it costs money to keep thugs in prison, but the general public are made safe from that thug during their stay in HMP Butlins. In the meantime, make the obnoxious job drink only cold water.
Penseivat

JuliaM said...

"Two crimes should get two separate sentences and all multiple crimes should have sentences served consecutively, one after another."

Spot on!

"...concurrent with each other but consecutive to the term for whatever he's currently in for."

Hmm, could be. Lenient sentencing or lousy journalism? It's hard to say!

"Yes,it costs money to keep thugs in prison, but the general public are made safe from that thug during their stay in HMP Butlins."

The very purpose of prison, once you realise that 'rehabilitation' stuff is usually nonsense...