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 Ã‚Â£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.