A blood-soaked man confronted police officers with a meat cleaver in one hand and a knife in the other, a court heard.It seems he’d had one of those ‘New Year–related’ episodes, and decided to drive his partner and her eight-year-old daughter out into the street while he re-enacted key scenes from his favourite action films.
They arrived after Steven McGran, 38, was seen wielding the weapons on his doorstep and shouting: “Come on, who wants it?”
Tear gas had no effect, negotiation had no effect, the progressives won’t allow a tactical airstrike or shooting multiple times (though they could have said they mistook him for a particularly upright cow?), so it was down to the taser and brute force:
After two hours police decided to enter the building. They found McGran in a bedroom and, when he refused to give himself up, used a Taser stun gun to subdue him before wrestling him to the ground.He wasn’t unknown to the authorities, either:
McGran, of Brempsons, Basildon, had already been jailed for two years for leaving a man with brain damage after punching him in the street on Christmas Eve 2005.It seems the holidays don’t make everyone cheerful and mellow. What a shock…
And now we come to the other half of our system of law and order:
Recorder Rex Bryan, sitting at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, said it was clear McGran needed professional help.Unless ‘professional help’ is some kind of magistrate’s euphemism for ‘a rocket up the jacksie and a long prison sentence’, I think we know where this is going, don’t we?
The judge handed down a six-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, and said he will be supervised by the probation service to make sure he gets help for his psychological, drug and alcohol problems.Oh.
Well, I’m sure that’ll work wonders.