December 24th, 2009

Call me ‘Mister’ Scum

Posted in The Job - General by 200

The tax payer has just forked out six thousand of our English pounds to fund a violent prisoner’s attempt to sue a volunteer jail worker for failing to call him “Mr“.

Bernard Pennington, who is serving a life sentence for attacking his wife with a machete, was incensed when the volunteer referred to him as “prisoner Pennington”, claiming the term was derogatory & breached his human rights. David Luckett is voluntary chairman of the Independent Monitoring Board which monitors the day-to-day running of Kingston prison in Portsmouth. Pennington had caomplined about his treatment to the board. Mr Luckett’s written reply had addressed the prisoner as, er, ‘prisoner’ Pennington.

Pennington was seeking £300 compensation at court, fortunately, the judge at Portsmouth County Court threw out the case saying it had “no merit”.

It’s only a shame that it got as far as a judge & had already racked up 6 grands’ worth of free cash on the prisoner’s behalf.

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  1. Stressedoutcop says:

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas Mr Weeks – SOC

    December 24th, 2009 at 23:33

  2. MarkUK says:

    Whilst I accept that prisoners sometimes need legal representation and that they can’t pay for it, cases like this simply extract the micturation.

    When a case is thrown out as having no merit, someone in the Legal Aid office should get a sound slapping. Also, the prisoner (for that’s what they are – would they prefer “convict”?) should have to repay the defence and court costs when they come out. Take it out of their benefit if need be.

    Civil actions of this type should be an a no win, no fee basis. I wonder how many lawyers would have taken this one on, under those rules.

    December 25th, 2009 at 22:02

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