The court heard Kearney, 63, of Willingham Way, and Marshall, 70, of Magnolia Drive, shouted and swore at neighbour Helena Moraldo, after her dog was spotted running loose in the community garden the couple had set up.Whew! Well done, well done indeed. Thank god we have someone there to take decisive action whenever some underclass harridan feels that it's her 'uman right to let her dog run free without being disturbed by the anger of two elderly citizens.
The dog owner complained to police and the couple were arrested, bailed and charged with a public order offence six months later.
Clearly, officers, you made the right choice here. Got to fill up that DNA database one unresisting, non-threatening 'criminal' at a time, eh?
Mrs Kearney, 63, told the court: “The neighbour from hell has been removed by the council and we are getting back with the garden now.”Even the judge wasn't about to wear this without a pop at the boys in blue:
District judge David Cooper gave the couple a conditional discharge, telling them: “It is not appropriate to punish you for this ancient matter.Now, over at the police blogs you hear a lot of groaning and griping at how the underclass expect the police to sort out their problems, etc. I can agree, and sympathise. They shouldn't have to, it's true.
“You are both doing a lot of good for the community.
“It’s unfortunate such unkind things were said.
“In many ways, you are both pillars of the community.
“You have done well and it is a great shame you are here today.
“You are free to go and get back to the garden.”
But seriously, are they now incapable of recognising who is in the wrong? Has it really come down to a situation where an arrest is a tick in the box, no matter what?