I blogged about the case of the wayward firearms instructor last week. Well the sentence has been sorted & Chad Valley Police must pay a Ã‚Â£40,000 fine plus Ã‚Â£25,000 legal costs for breaches of health & safety after one of their instructors accidentally shot a control room civilian during a demonstrationÃ‚Â on firearms. The officer himself must pay an Ã‚Â£8,000 fine plus Ã‚Â£8,000 costs.
There are those who say the officer was lucky not to have gotten a criminal charge. Plaxico Burress, the New York Giants American Footballer, started a two-year jail term for shooting himself in the leg as he tripped whilst climbing stairs in a New York Nightclub, OK, so the gun was unlicenced but as well as the charge for illegal possession, he was also done for wreckless endangerment. Oh, and it was in America.
The fine the force got is technically a fine of the good people ofÃ‚Â the Thames Valley area since they are the people giving TVP the cash to pay the fine in the first place. They’ll probably have to make someone redundent in order to pay the fine. Some might say the instructor might be a good start, but I couldn’t possibly comment.