June 24th, 2009

Fair Do’s

Posted in The Job - General by 200

I was going to mention this last week before all the furore over the Times & their wonderful bit of investigative journalism on Nightjack, so it’s a few days late.

Police got called to a kebab house where someone complained of being raqcially abused by some drunk thug. Two officers attended & asked to speak with the male outside. Once in the street, the thug started shouting & swearing, his wife made a gesture at him which resulted in the officers trying to restrain the male from assaulting his own wife. The male PC was punched in the face, the female PC tried to intervene & was also punched in the face resulting in 4 stitches down the front of her face which has left a permanent scar.

This is what happens up & down the land every weekend. Sometimes the officers come off ininjured, sometimes they come off much worse, but they are assaulted every day, and have been for years.

The above case happened in May in Bristol. PC Gemma Mags had a month off work, recovering from her injuries. The defendant was convicted of both assaults at Bristol magistrates Court on June 16th. He received an 18-week prison sentence, 80 hours community service & has to pay the officer £500 compensation.

I don’t suppose things have changed too much, the last two people to be have to pay me compensation never paid. I got the first £5 instalment from one & bugger all from the other. Despite making enquiries with the courts over the next 3 years not a penny more appeared.

The 18-week jail sentence was suspended, so it’s a paper-only conviction & completely meaningless.

So that leaves the community service. If he completes the full 80 hours, I’m a banana.

Proof, if proof were needed that the courts of the land really do protect the people who are charged with dealing with all of society’s drunken thugs.

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  1. Hibbo says:

    Yep, you’re spot on 200.

    It annoys us scum just as much as you lot.

    It REALLY does my head in when the courts LIE about custodial sentences; Bystander and his ilk would say this guy got sent to prison, it will appear on the HO’s figures as another violent offender sent to jail (hooray!). But it’s bollocks. A lie.

    June 25th, 2009 at 03:07

  2. not saying says:

    Re the compo….my old force used to have a procedure whereby I signed over the “debt” to them for the amount awarded, say a hundred quid, and the force then said to the crook “you now owe us a hundred quid, not the copper” if the crook didn’t pay then the force sold the debt on to recovery companies and bailiffs showed up at the crooks door…

    June 25th, 2009 at 06:35

  3. Tony F says:

    I think that the LAW should protect it’s upholders. An Assault on any uniformed officer should end up with a life sentence. No if’s or buts.

    June 25th, 2009 at 20:51

  4. Mark Gradwell says:

    OK so let’s look into the logic of this:

    Criminals do what they do because a lot of the time they know there are little or no consequences if they get caught. Largely because prisons are overcrowded. Prisons are overcrowded because many of the inmates have gambled that they wouldn’t go inside and lost. Also the prisons are overcrowded because of all the times inmates have offended, been caught, gotten away with it and have been given the time to get used to this lifestyle.

    Is this right? I mean yes of course it’s wrong but is this what happens?

    Anyway there should be legal consequences over and above what would happen to offenders if they choose to assault a cop rather than a MOP.

    June 30th, 2009 at 07:15

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