Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Criminal's Friend...

Mr Gerard offered to read a victim impact statement from the officer to the court but Judge Samantha Leigh (Ed: *sigh*) said she had seen it and it did not need to be read out.
Bull admitted affray and making threats with an offensive weapon.
I guess she doesn't think police can be victims. They must be about the only group, since she clearly believes this of criminals...
Judge Leigh handed Bull a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, so that he can take part in a drug treatment programme, noting that he was “high” during the incident.
The judge told Bull the situation with his child must be “heartbreaking” but he should handle it through the courts.
He was ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work but a Crown request for costs was refused.
Bit by bit, judges like this are chipping away at the justice system,


Anonymous said...

If he really had stabbed himself then maybe he was temporarily of unsound mind. But whose fault is that?
Pulling a knife on someone should be a good six months in jail but in any case the drunk and disorderly, abuse of drugs, along with threats to kill and the offensive weapon should have seen him put away. Possibly in a psychiatric facility but somewhere away from the public.
I agree that the police deserve to feel safe doing their job and that this verdict does not seem to have helped in that respect.

MC said...

If you drive your car into a pedestrian through careless driving, you'll get in trouble. If you drive your car while drunk into a pedestrian they'll throw the book at you. Why does this not apply to other crimes? How can being high as a kite be a mitigating circumstance?

I am actually in favour of decriminalising the possession of drugs, but at the same time we would need to introduce much tougher sentences for those who offend under the influence of them.

JuliaM said...

"...then maybe he was temporarily of unsound mind. But whose fault is that?"

Mental illness can 'strike anyone', we are told. So it would seem best not to court it with drugs...

"Why does this not apply to other crimes? "

Why indeed?