Thursday, October 11, 2007
What The Fark?
Nanny seems to be losing all sense of proportion these days, when it comes to applying the law in a sensible and proportionate manner.
A 16 year old schoolboy, who was being a tosser/thug and ripped a girl's plastic bag (damage 1p), was hauled through the courts on charges of criminal damage; the cost to the taxpayer being £5K.
The 16 year old pleaded guilty to snatching a carrier bag from a 13 year old girl and breaking its handles.
Magistrates ordered him to complete six hours' community work, after hearing that the incident left the girl too scared to walk to school.
I don't excuse this act of thuggery for one moment, and fully believe that the 16 year old needs to be taught a lesson. However, did that lesson really need to be imparted by police officers, Crown Prosecution Service staff and lawyers, court workers, officials and magistrates over two separate hearings?
This sort of case validates the argument that I have put forward before, namely that we should bring back the stocks and publicly humiliate little shits this.
There is no need for the full apparatus of the state to be employed in a lengthy and expensive criminal prosecution. The teenager admitted that he had done it, and could be placed in the stocks immediately to take his punishment.
Am I right, or am I right?