Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Not An ‘Ordinary’ Person…?

Grandfather-of-six Harry Clare, 65, told a court he was heading along Portland Street in Manchester when the double-decker forced him onto the pavement.

He followed it to Piccadilly bus station and went to the driver’s window, thinking he might get an apology.
Oh oh! You can see where this is heading, can’t you?
But the bus driver, former police officer Neil Whittaker-Axon, leaned out and began repeatedly punching him, lifting him off the ground by his collar and smashing his sunglasses.
Well, that’s a guaranteed prison sent…

Whittaker-Axon, 38, walked free from court having been found guilty of common assault by beating – after magistrates were told he had been made homeless after losing his job at bus firm Finglands.
Awwww, bless! He’s clearly been punished enough….
Whittaker-Axon, now of Broom Lane, Levenshulme, told the court: "I was defending myself. I felt he had committed an offence and I wanted him to be arrested and charged with it."
And, since you were no longer a police officer and therefore lacked a warrant card, you decided to…assault him?
He was fined £150 and ordered to pay £100 costs, £175 compensation and a £15 victim surcharge. The fine and compensation will come out of his benefits.
In other words, we’re paying…
Chairman of the Bench Colin Thompson said: "It’s very sad. You’re not an ordinary person, you’ve been a public servant."
I’ve a newsflash for your, your honour – there’s actually nothing out of the ordinary about public servants. It’s just their job…`


Captain Haddock said...

I have three questions here ..

1 .. Why is Whittaker-Axon no longer a Police officer (is there something we're not being told here) ?

2 .. What does the fact that he used to be one have to do with anything ?

3 .. Had he been a former Plumber or Butcher or Binman, would the Magistrate have made mention of it ?

IMHO .. He assaulted someone & should pay the price for that, irrespective of what jobs he's done in the past .. they're totally irrelevant to the case ..

Woman on a Raft said...

Questions (2) and (3) can be answered quickly, but verifying that Neil Whittaker-Axon was ever in any police force can only be done by asking the Met or the City of London or any of the neighbouring forces whose work borders on London.

There is a chance that Mr W-A has a different recollection to that of "the police in London".

dr cromarty said...

No not an 'ordinary' person.

A thug.

JuliaM said...

"There is a chance that Mr W-A has a different recollection to that of "the police in London"."


"No not an 'ordinary' person.

A thug."

Perhaps why he's an ex-police officer?