Jobless Paul Anthony Bamber, 23, set about young mum Rachel Boyd as she was on the school run, grabbing her around the neck on a canal bank.
He was squeezing so hard she was struggling to breathe, a court was told.
He told the victim: “If you go to the police, you won’t be able to speak.”The attack was in front of her child, who we can only hope he didn’t father…
Burnley Magistrates’ Court was told how her child was so distressed, the youngster ran off to try and find help.Did he own up? No.
Bamber, of Wesley Street, Brierfield, had denied assault by beating on May 29, But he was convicted after a trial, in front of a district judge.And for this, what did he get?
Bamber was sentenced to 18 weeks in prison, suspended for a year, with supervision and 60 hours unpaid work. He was ordered to pay £50 compensation, and £50 costs.*sigh*
Is the reason for the leniency that this is a first offence? Oh, far from it, as the opener to this sorry little tale tells us:
.. has now attacked four ex-partners in four years…Do you think they didn’t all know what he was like? Partner No 1 might have that luxury (possibly), but not No 2, 3 or 4…
* Because we can’t seemingly ask what’s wrong with these three women, can we?
Yet again, none of these women seem to have access to large unsympathetic men who could beat the piece of shit within an inch of his life then chuck him in the cut.
When I see sentences like this I can understand why some victims don't bother with contacting the Police and instead sort things out in other ways.
Bent or ineffective justice is no justice.
There's a political aspect to this. Way too many men unemployed and couldn't give a rats any more. Look at the job queues as you go by - almost all men. Can't be good for the health of the community.
I keep waiting, in vain apparently, for someone in authority, anyone come to that, to add the words, "your responsibilities", in any sentence containing the words, "your rights". The yob had a responsibility not to attack women, the Police have a responsibility to submit a report for consideration of prosecution, the C(riminal) P(rotection) S(ociety) has a responsibility to prosecute if there is sufficient evidence and the 'out-of-touch-with-reality' judiciary have a responsibility to keep the rest of us safe by imposing sentences in line with the offence (in this case a custodial one for a couple of years). This cretin would have been punished more if he had failed to pay his TV licence! By voting for the people we do, we end up with the society we deserve.
Quite disappointing to see that the police aren't to blame in some way for this.
I wish I believed in karma, although it's hard to imagine what form it would take were it justly to be applied to the judge in this case. It wouldn't be pleasant, that's for sure.
"Yet again, none of these women seem to have access to large unsympathetic men..."
Other than the ones they are shacked up with?
"There's a political aspect to this. Way too many men unemployed and couldn't give a rats any more."
I don't think so, James. I doubt unemployment turns anyone who isn't a brute into one.
"I keep waiting, in vain apparently, for someone in authority, anyone come to that, to add the words, "your responsibilities", in any sentence containing the words, "your rights"."
Oh, so very sadly true. Officialdom seems to go out of its way to foster dependency.
"Quite disappointing to see that the police aren't to blame in some way for this."
They aren't to blame for everything!
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