Saturday, 21 April 2018

Time To Look At Those Other Cases, Then...?

Footage from a hidden camera placed by two former policeman investigating wildlife crime for the RSPB was used in the case.
For police to place surveillance within the estate they would have had to seek formal approval but they were technically exempt from any requirements made by the charity as the RSPB is not a public body, the judge said.
It seems the RSPB is the next big charity in line (after Save The Children and the RSPCA) for a good hard look at its affairs...and it's been found wanting.
She added: 'The RSPB have effectively taken on the role of a police officer but did so without the scrutiny and oversight that comes with it.
'As soon as the RSPB have enough information to suggest the placing of a covert camera is needed to detect a crime, they should be referring the matter to the police.'
They should indeed. But they probably saw the RSPCA getting away with it and though 'Hey, I'll have some of that!'...
The RSPB told the Times that similar evidence had been accepted in other cases.
Interesting. Maybe someone ought to take another look at those, and at the judges that allowed it through...?

Friday, 20 April 2018

You Punched The Wrong Worthless Bitch...

The court heard Southern had been before a court in April 2017 after the dogs mauled another man in an unrelated attack.
Prosecuting, Carl Scholz said: 'She was made subject to an order meaning the dogs had to be kept on a lead or muzzled.
'But two months later, she was exercising the dogs off the lead without a muzzle along a public footpath in Plumley. She was taking the dogs from an area away from her home and without muzzling or putting on lead.
'She was quite clearly determined to ignore the conditions imposed but didn't want neighbours recognising her. ...
Great! Typical dangerous dog owner. And the typical reaction when it all goes pear-shaped:
'The defendant did shout at this point: 'Get it off,' but she made no steps to remove the dog.
'Mr Gabbott found himself punching the dog four or five times to the head yet was unable to get the dog to let the puppy go.
He was to ask the woman for her details but she indicated that she came from Wilmslow.
Turns out going somewhere else so the neighbours don't recognise you doesn't work in the digital age:
The defendant was traced because of neighbours who recognised a plea put on Facebook by the man's daughter.
She was interviewed by police and answered no comment. She has made no efforts to offer the victim any compensation.'
Of course she didn't.
In mitigation her lawyer James Coutts said: 'This is not a case where she has not demonstrated remorse. She had not been able to go behind the courts back and seek out the complainant - but her partner did though try and reach him to offer compensation.'
It certainly is such a case.

She could have turned herself in. She could have made a full and frank declaration. She could have offered compensation via her solicitor, rather than whatever current shag she is shacked up with (if such a thing ever took place)...
'She is terrified of the prospect of a custodial sentence. One of the dogs has a very sentimental link to her due to her late brother. This perhaps gives an insight into the flawed thought process that was going through her mind - her judgement was clearly clouded.'
I very much doubt her judgement is ever unclouded. Like that of the courts.
But the judge Mr Recorder Simon Parrington told Southern: 'You took your dogs out for a walk in public in contravention of an order and they savaged another dog and a member of the public received injury. You knew the terms of the previous order but failed to abide by them.
'I am sure you didn't go out with the intention of another dog being savaged but you what did lacked common sense. Those who keep dogs must accept responsibility - especially for those dogs which cause risk of harm to others.'
Excellent! A jail term then, and the dogs put down?
At Chester Crown Court, Southern admitted owning a dog dangerously out of control causing injury and was sentenced to 12 months jail suspended for two years.
She was also ordered to pay the vets bills of £1,828 plus £750 compensation to Mr Gabbott and was banned from keeping dogs for life.
The two terriers had faced being destroyed but both will be spared under the terms of a 'Contingency Destruction Order' which gives dog owners two months to ensure their animals are micro-chipped, neutered and insured. They must also be muzzled and on a lead in public and be registered to the owner's address.
It is believed Southern has transferred ownership of the terriers to a friend.

Rocket Science Is Easy By Comparison...

Police officers are taking fresh measures to stop missile attacks on buses in the North-East.
By going out and arresting the little shits? Why, no. This is a job for the....errr....
Police community support officers (PCSOs) have been using the buses in and around Firthmoor to try and identify those responsible for throwing missiles at vehicles.
Now, in a further attempt to stop the attacks, officers have visited a number of primary schools in Darlington to educate pupils about the dangers of attacking the buses.
What dangers?

There are none, for them, if they are in primary school. They will be 'below the age of criminal responsibility', and nothing will be done if they are caught!
The warning comes after Arriva North East decided to temporarily halt services into Firthmoor after youths allegedly targeted their buses.
A few days later, they faced similar problems on the outskirts of the estate when another bus was attacked with services being re-routed.
The Northern Echo understands there have been a number of other attacks on buses in the town in recent weeks, which police are investigating.
Real police, this time?
Last week, Kevin Nicholson, independent councillor for Eastbourne, said one of the elderly residents in his ward was now too scared to go out of her house because of anti-social behaviour in the area.
“It is a good first step to have PCSOs on the buses, but the priority for the police should be finding the people responsible,” said Cllr Nicholson.
“These youngsters could be from anywhere, and they are coming to this estate to cause problems.
“It is a beautiful area – I live here because I want to live here and these kids are giving the place a bad name.
“We need more of a police presence and we need police to respond to concerns – it is not rocket science,” he added.
No indeed. But no-one tries to do rocket science by first demanding there should be no consequences for malfunctioning rockets, do they?

Thursday, 19 April 2018

It Seems The Judge Wasn't As Dim As You Thought....

In mitigation, Pippa Woodrow said that her client suffered from problems expressing himself and that this led to him 'coming across as aggressive', and to escalations of violence.
Such as throwing punches, throwing furniture about and wielding a bottle, while fracturing a man's jaw in two places.
She added that during his time in custody he had engaged well with rehabilitation programmes and had bright future prospects.
Had he really...?
Sentencing, Judge Ian Pringle QC jailed him for 12 months, including a separate offence of having a mobile phone in prison.
Guess not.

I Think You'll Find It's A Hare They Chase Round The Track...

In mitigation, Mark Hudson said all dogs are dangerous. He said: “They have had the dog since it was nine months old. It has never before shown willingness or want to chase anything.
“They have taken it to public places and shows. Sadly, this is what dogs do, it’s what animals do.
"It was not attacking a human, it was attacking a cat which all of these bread (sic) of dogs are trained to do. There hasn’t been any previous complaints and the owners a good people (sic).”
Don't suppose you've been to many dog races, then, Mark...?
Magistrates’ ordered Archer, of Radcliff Road in Stamford, to pay a fine of £200, £100 compensation to the victim, £52 costs and a victim surcharge of £50.
A contingent destruction order was also imposed meaning the dog may be destroyed if it attacks again. The owner was also told the dog was not allowed out without a muzzle on.
Greyhounds have a very high prey drive. No responsible owner would take one out without a muzzle.

Still, I'm sure the £100 is enough to compensate the cat's owner for the loss of his pet and his wound, right?

If he ever sees a penny...

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Because It Just Must Be A Vast Conspiracy....

Family and friends of a Southend man who died at Chelmsford Prison are demanding that the inquest into his death is re-opened to find out answers.
An inquest ruled that Edward Tula, 20, hung himself in his single cell on June 16, 2012, while he was held in custody over an alleged assault.
An alleged assault on whom...?
He was a patient at Basildon Hospital four months before his death where he received medical assessment for complaints of paranoia and self-harm.
He was charged with assaulting another patient in the hospital.
The inquest, which lasted for four days, ruled that “imprisonment, medical history and the forthcoming trial may have been contributory factors in his death”.
However, his grief-stricken family is demanding the inquest to be re-opened as they allege that Mr Tula was murdered.
Really? You mean, it's not likely that a man with a history of mental illness killed himself?
They are furious over the irregularities of the ombudsman’s report where witnesses reported his body was found in three different locations of the prison.
Family and friends have received the support of Sir David Amess MP, social workers, a Southend police officer and a police constable.
Mr Tula’s mum, Doreen Burleigh, 43, of Southend, said: “I am going to pursue to this the end. I am not convinced about the details given to us by the prisoner ombudsman.
“I am not convinced my son died from suicide. He was a young man, only 20, and he had a whole life waiting for him.
“He was one month away from his 21st birthday.
“I am working tirelessly to get justice for my Edward. We will be heading to Chelmsford Prison next Thursday to hold a peaceful demonstration.”
Hmmm, why not blame the Russians?
Keith Martin, 59, a family friend of the family said: “We are taking our campaign worldwide. Doreen will be heading to Zimbabwe to get support for our petition, and the US for collect more signatures.”
Yeaaaah, I'm sure you'll get traction there.
Mr Tula was a music student at Southend Adult Community College. After graduation he had wanted to pursue a career in music.
Another aspiring rapper? Damn.

Oh, What A Surprise!

A woman's life was at risk after a vicious attack by her own American Bulldog on Monday.
Well, I never!
The 29-year-old dog walker had been walking the rescue animal in the afternoon with a number of others at the woods between the distillery and canal near Beardmore Street. It was around 12.37pm when the animal, which she has owned for six weeks, turned on her.
The dog, which had been on its lead, jumped on her and mauled her arms, leaving such bad injuries that the woman thought she had lost her fingers.
Good lord, it's like deja vu all over again; multiple beasts of indeterminate temperament being walked by an idiot and it all goes horribly wrong.
While the dog attacked her, another American Bulldog she had been walking jumped up and tried to protect her by biting the aggressive animal.
Aha! That's the reason for so many dogs?
The woman was then able to reach for her mobile phone and call police, who moved quickly to the incident.
But once they got there, lacked the tools. Again.
However, the dog was acting so violently, police had struggled to wrestle it from the woman who was lying on the ground. Officers with shields were then dispatched.
They were able to force the dog away from the victim and when it jumped into the back of a police van, they secured the animal and attended to the woman.
Why did no one dispatch an ARV?

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

It's Not Just The Probation Service, Is It..?

Mrs Scott's family believe that the probation service has "blood on its hands" and did not act despite Mrs Scott highlighting Mellors concerning behaviour on a number of occasions.
They said the probation service was warned after he stalked the mum-of-six outside her Nursery Road home and at her new workplace, Lidl in Arnold, after their relationship ended just after Christmas.
Maybe it would have been a good idea for Mrs Scott not to start a relationship with a man just out of prison for beating and strangling his partner to death while her two young daughters slept next door..?

Not Only Did They Escape Criticism....

...they are now backslapping each other for their actions:
They are trained to run towards danger to keep us safe.
Now brave police officers in Huddersfield are among those who have been recognised for going above and beyond in the line of duty.
This year’s Kirklees District Commander’s Awards saw officers who intervened in the vicious dog attack on Huddersfield man David Ellam recognised for their bravery.
Tragically, Mr Ellam died from the injuries he sustained in the attack.
An attack that wouldn't have happened, if not for the sloth of that same police force...
Eight police officers tried their hardest to save his life, including quick-thinking Pc Jake Knight who grabbed a fire extinguisher and fought off the dog.
Pc Knight, as well as Sgt Andrew Watson, Pc Richard Nicholls, Pc Steve Nicholls, Det Sgt Pete Usher, Pc Andrew Clayton, Pc Jafar Hussain and Pc Daniel Rush managed to detain the dog.
Eight? What did they all do, grab a leg each in pairs?
The officers were recognised for their actions during the incident and the work they contributed to the criminal investigation which led to the dog’s owner, Aaron Joseph, being jailed for 10 years. 
And some would say there should have been a few others in the dock with him...

Monday, 16 April 2018

Pity It's Not The Sort Of Laboratory That Carries Out Animal Testing...

...he'd make a perfect subject:
Road rage 'bully' Robert Colley walked away from court today with a suspended jail term despite committing two acts of dangerous driving on the same day in October 2016.
Longlevens labatory technician (Ed: Shouldn't that be ex-laboratory technician?) Colley, 30, of Old Cheltenham Road, assaulted one of the drivers unfortunate to incur his wrath, and caused damage to the car of his other victim.
Even his own brief couldn't really say much:
However despite being described by his own defence lawyer, Clare Fear, as “a menace, especially when driving”, Judge Ian Lawrie QC sitting at Gloucester Crown Court, imposed a suspended jail term.
Why...? Well, believe it or not....cost!
Sentencing Colley to 18 months prison suspended for two years, the judge said: “There is only one reason I haven't locked you up: it would cost far too much, when you could be do work for the community and pay compensation to the victims.
“I hope for the rest of your life, you do not act like a bully, drive like an idiot, or raise your fists to anyone.
Why shouldn't he? He's done it all his life with little real consequence!
“You have a rather unhealthy, stroppy nature,” the judge continued, and made reference to the 'fear you instilled by your irrational violent reactions'. The judge reserved any breaches of the order to himself and warned Colley that if he saw him again he will certainly send him to prison.
That'll be a great comfort to the next person he assaults, I'm sure....