The mother and sister of jailed student protester Frank Fernie have spoken of their shock and devastation at his year-long sentence.Hey, if he can’t do the time, he shouldn’t have done the crime…
Diane’s comments came as nearly 1,000 friends and supporters joined a campaign on social networking site Facebook called “Free York Student Frank Fernie”.
She said the family were now planning an appeal against his sentence for throwing two poles at police during the protest march.
Diane said: “Anyone who knows him will realise that it’s not Frank. Frank is a really genial young man. He hasn’t got a grain of malice in him and we are very grateful for all the offers of help and support.”
Victoria said: “I can genuinely say he has never been involved in anything like this before. It is completely new territory. All the people on the Facebook page, they are amazing support and help.”Umm, yes. That’s not too surprising, since the only effort it takes to show ‘support’ is the effort it takes to bang out a few hasty (badly spelled) lines of text on a keyboard.
I wouldn’t take it as indicative of anything deeper, though…
She said: “As family, you always think they don’t deserve it when someone is punished, but all the Facebook supporters agree with us.”Oh, well, that’s OK. We’ll just scrap the jury system then?