Too fat for court?

Regular readers of my blog will know how infuriated I get by the sheer laziness of people who claim they are ‘too fat’ for work etc, well now the excuse of being ‘too fat’ has extended to attending court.

Forklift truck driver weighing 34-stone refuses to turn up to drink driving sentencing because he’s ‘so fat he’s technically disabled’ (Daily Mail)

J. Wiech argued that his bulging belly counted as a disability which would spare him the trouble if answering the summons. He was due to appear before Magistrates in York after he was found slumped over his car steering wheel having downed 4 beers and a bottle of vodka. A breath test showed 68 micrograms of alcohol in his system- the legal limit is 35.
A warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up to court on the 6th of June (2016) and was brought back to court under police guard.

Wiech, who speaks limited English, explained to the duty solicitor he had ‘mobility problems’ caused by his size, however, when the excuse was delivered to the bench, District Judge A. Lower, stated that this ‘was not an excuse’, also stating that Wiech could have covered the 15 miles journey by train or taxi, or both. The case was then adjourned again because a Polish interpreter was needed.
Under strict instructions to attend his trial, Wiech wheezed his way across the road from the bus stop opposite the court house.

On the day of the incident, Wiech had been found slumped over the steering wheel of his car parked outside the local village store by a passer by. His keys were found on the floor of the vehicle and he told police that he had downed 4 pints of beer and a glass of whickey after finishing his night shift. However, he had stopped drinking at 9am and did not drive until 2pm when he needed to visit the shop.

While parked outside the shop, he claims he had an argument with his ex wife over the phone and downed a ‘small’ bottle of vodka before dozing off. the next thing he remembered was being roused from his stupor by police.
He denied drink driving but admitted to a lesser charge of drunk in charge of a vehicle. He also admitted to failing to attend court and to having no insurance.

Wiech was fined £325 plus £85 court costs and a £30 surcharge. His licence was endorsed with 10 penalty points but he escaped a ban.
He was also told by District Judge D. Golding that he would not “get the same chance” if he appeared before them again.

I’m sorry but he should have been banned in my opinion. There is no excuse for failing to attend court because you’re fat and there is certainly no excuse for drinking whilst being in charge of a vehicle. The law needs to be tougher on people like this because all it shows is that an offender will get is a slap on the wrist if they break the law.

No faking it at school

I have such a low opinion of the youth of today. I mean half of the schoolies I see on a daily basis have no manners whatsoever and they all look like mini celeb clones. Don’t they have any individuality?

It seems like I am not the only one who disapproves of they way kids go dressed to school these days.  A headteacher from Kent, Mr Vyse, has sent letters to the parents of his pupils telling them that school is not a fashion parade and has also warned that those caught breaking the rules on dress code and appearance will face punishment when the new school year begins in September.

Is there any full need for kids to go to school with fake eyelashes that resemble Daisy the Cow, a tan that looks like they’ve rolled in cheese Dorito’s and makeup that looks like they’ve been gang-banged by crayola? Call me old fashioned but I really don’t understand the youth of today.

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Hot hatch death race

I absolutely despise dangerous drivers. Driving is frustrating enough without idiots driving around like they’re on GTA and causing accidents and heartbreak for families. Not to mention the impact that racing around has on insurance premiums when there is an accident caused by someone driving dangerously. So you can imagine my delight when I read about two “boy racers”, racing their “hot hatches” on the dual carriageway of the A1.

Mohammed Abdul-Wahid, 32, was driving a high performance VW Golf R32 when he raced stranger, Ryan at speeds of more than 120mph. Ryan, 23, was driving a Honda Civic Type-R when he ended up on the same section of the carriageway as Abdul-Wahid. 

Prosecutors told the court that the pair had began racing each other at high speed in the early hours of the morning (4:30am to be exact) as they headed south on the A1 near Bowes Incline. Ryan lost control of his car and crashed, suffering major injuries, however, nothing could be done to save him. Witnesses also told the court that Abdul-Wahid went to overtake Ryan but had not been able to and the two cars ended up side by side, doing up to 124mph. 

Abdul-Wahid, who was on bail, was remanded in custody and was warned by Judge P Sloan QC that he faces a substantial prison sentence. Sentencing is adjourned until the 29th of July (2016). 

Now it’s all well and good having a high performance car to show off to your mates but it is pointless having it if you can’t handle the power it puts out. How many accidents are caused on Britains roads each year by dangerous drivers? Too many in my opinion. 

I mean giving a 23 year-old a Honda Civic Type-R, capable of 146mph, is just screaming for a fatality but Abdul-Wahid is 32, he should know better than to be racing around like he is part of Fast and the Furious. Then again he had a Golf, and I have noticed that the majority of Golf drivers have zero common sense and shit driving skills… But what was racing actually going to achieve? There are no prizes for breaking the speed limit, there are no medals for being reckless behind the wheel of a car. The only outcome is exactly what has happened. Let’s just hope his sentence is satisfactory to his crime and not just a cushy few weeks in prison. 

Justice for Liam: Part II

A while ago I wrote a post about Nyomi and Rachael Fee ,[Click here for related post] the two women who had been charged with murdering Rachael’s son Liam and also for abusing other children.

They have now had their trial, which lasted seven weeks, and the jury, who deliberated for ten hours, found them guilty of murder, plus seven other charges of abuse against Liam. The women were also found guilty of four counts of abuse against two other children.

Liam suffered a ruptured heart as a result of severe blunt force trauma to his body as well as a catalogue of injuries spanning over two years- including a broken leg and fractured arm.
The women were also found guilty of attempting to defeat the ends of justice after Liam died by trying to pin the blame for the death on one of the other young boys.

Sources report that the jurors were warned about the severity of the images they would be exposed to. Twelve minutes later a juror raised their hand to request a break in proceedings due to the images reducing some jurors to tears.
People in the public gallery were also warned by prosecutors that they may wish to leave the court room while the images were being shown.
Due to the sensitivities surrounding the boys’ age and nature of the evidence, the public were prevented from seeing the video which was recorded by detectives after Liams’ death. Only the media were allowed access to the court room during that time.

Their sentence has been dated for the 6th of July (2016), according to the BBC News website. Let’s hope they get life eh?

It poses the question of what social services were doing about the abuse. I mean surely they were involved with the women? So shouldn’t they have noticed that something wasn’t right? And if they did catch on to any abuse, why weren’t the children removed before the abuse got worse? If the social worker(s) had actually spent more time on this case rather than pissing about with cases which don’t need attention, maybe Liam would still be alive?  But we can’t blame the incompetence of social workers now can we?

Failure in justice

“Psycho knifeman forced two women to stage lesbian sex show on living room carpet in front of a toddler before repeatedly stabbing them when they refused to let him join in.” 

The above heading caught my attention on the DM’s website, I read the article, wondering how long the ‘psycho’ was sentenced to… I was appalled! The bloody English Legal System is a freaking joke!

M. Zahran, 38, ordered the two women to strip naked at knife-point and lie on top of each other  while pretending to film them on his phone.
The two friends sobbed as they were forced to touch and kiss each other- while the daughter of one of the women watched, thinking it was only a game.

Zahran then wanted ‘his turn’ to have sex, but when the child’s mother said no, he repeatedly knifed both women.
The mother’s injured friend managed to get out of the house and run naked into the street, screaming for the neighbours to phone the police.
Upon bursting into the house, the police discovered Zahran had stabbed himself in the stomach.

Zahran admitted two charges of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent. He denied two offences of causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, sexual assault and false imprisonment, however the jury found him guilty.

Judge S Philips QC sentenced Zahran to 16 years in prison, as well as being told he had to serve an extended 5 years on licence recall after his release and will be on the sex offenders register for life.

How the hell does his crimes only warrant 16 years?! The justice system could save a lot of public money if they just bring back the death penalty for serious offenders. I mean, we all know that a length of rope is cheaper than keeping a criminal for the duration of their life… Plus rope can be reused and the defendant wouldn’t be able to re-offend.  Everyone’s a winner, so to speak.

Justice? At last

In 1997, Trevor Thompson attacked a 15 year-old schoolgirl in his car after offering her and her friend a lift before driving her to a secluded location.
His victim hit and tried to push him away but he held her hands and arms then reaped her despite her protests. Thompson then had his victim wipe away any evidence with a plastic bag as he feared his wife would find out.
The incident was reported to the police but the victim was persuaded not to pursue the complaint. His victim then confided in friends and family and a rape charge was finally brought on Thompson.

In the trial, Judge Phillips said Thompson- who has previous convictions for battery and setting a fire in a hospital- carried out a ‘rough attack’ on a vulnerable girl. He then compared the victims tiny frame to the stocky frame of Thompson and said he had ‘demeaned and humiliated’ the girl and Thompson was also said to have taunted her every time he saw her after the attack.

The victim gave a lengthy statement in which she said everyday of her life became a nightmare and she had contemplated suicide, adding “I was a happy carefree girl and he destroyed that”.

Thompson was sentenced to 9 years in prison and has been made subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

The article also included that Thompson is now in a wheelchair, dependant on carers and that prison would have a life shortening effect.

I’m a little vexed about the length of the sentence given to Thompson. He is a rapist, he should be locked up for more than 9 years regardless of his health conditions. And as for not wanting his wife to find out… I’m pretty sure she knows about it now. Idiot!

 

Too hungover to be a parent

I was browsing on the Mirror’s website after seeing something on Facebook and I found an article, which really annoyed me.

A 4 year-old boy was found by his neighbour, Ms Rowan, pushing his 1 year-old sister across a busy road while their 23 year-old mother slept off a hangover. Ms Rowan returned the children to their home address to find the door unsecured and their 2 year-old sibling standing naked at the top of the stairs saying the word “cold”.

Ms Rowan was joined by some other neighbours and the police were called. Upon searching the house the police discovered the defendant asleep in her bed with her then partner. Ms Rowan told police that the children’s mother has been “up all night drinking”. Officers said the defendant and her partner were “disoriented” and appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The officers found that the 4 year-old boy had tried dressing himself over his pyjamas and was soaked with urine. The 1 year-old girl was found to have a urine soaked nappy which was full and in need of changing. Their 2 year-old sibling was distressed and cold, the officers wrapped him in a blanket in order to keep him warm.

The family’s defence lawyer, E Chisnall, told the court that her client had been supporting her partner who was going through a family bereavement… That is no excuse for neglecting your children!
The court also heard that the children are in the care of Children’s Services ahead of a Family Court hearing next month (July 2015).
District Judge, I Lomax, passing sentence, said: “This was a breach in trust the children had the right to expect from you at their age… You chose alcohol over your responsibility to them and this was clearly a major failure in your role as a parent”.

The defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was given a 4 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, at Liverpool Magistrates Court, after pleading guilty of 3 counts of child neglect in an earlier hearing. She was also ordered to pay £85 in prosecution costs as well as a £80 victim surcharge.

4 months prison term suspended for 18 months and charges of £165… That’s a disgrace! And don’t even get me started on the fact that she cannot be named for legal reasons! She neglected her children, she should have been sentenced to longer than the decided term. Some people would do anything to be parents and we have this breathing parasite neglecting her children who would be better off in care with a family who really want them.

Too fat for prison

Looking on Facebook and I saw this article which was shared by one of my friends… A woman who has committed death by dangerous driving is claiming that she is “too fat” to go to prison. Jenns is a 49 year-old woman who weighs 30 stone. She knocked down and killed a jogger when she jumped a red light.

She begged the judge to spare her a prison sentence after being convicted of death by dangerous driving at Canterbury Crown Court. He barrister said; “morbidly obese Jenns hoped to get a gastric band and would not be able to cope with life behind bars”. He also stated that she suffered a stroke 7 years prior to the incident and was also receiving treatment for her weight problem at the time of the accident.
Her barrister then went on to say; “as she is grossly overweight, morbidly obese and since the incident has put on even more weight… She is a person for whom a prison sentence would be extraordinarily difficult and I don’t think I over exaggerate when I say she might not get through it.”

Judge H.Norton adjourned the sentence for 2 weeks pending medical reports and granted Jenns bail. However, she warned Jenns that she faced “an almost certain” prison sentence for the offence- and also gave her an interim driving ban.

So now not only is being “too fat” an excuse to get out of employment, it is now being used as an excuse to get out of a prison sentence… Wow people really will try anything!
How about taking some responsibility you utter waste of space? You KILLED someone by jumping a red light, you were driving dangerously, you should have to suffer the consequences like anyone else who has committed the same offence, overweight or not!

What a bloody cop out!

Sanctioned, theft and a prison sentence

I found a very interesting article on the Northern Echo’s website about a man who claims he was forced to steal in order to eat due to his benefits being sanctioned.

Mulholland, a 43 year-old from Newton Ayecliffe has been given a prison sentence for stealing 3 packets of casserole steak from Sainsbury’s, costing a total of £12.60. His defence for the theft was that he only stole the steak because his benefits had been sanctioned. However, his benefits were only sanctioned due to him failing to attend appointments at his local Jobcentre Plus. Mr Mulholland claimed that he couldn’t get to his local food bank when his benefits were cut due to him having ulcerated legs… So if that was the case then how was he able to get to the local store and steal? He also claims that he was without benefits for 9 weeks when he attempted to change his benefits to reflect his disability needs.

His defence solicitor, B Pegman, stated that the crime was a result of the recent financial situation Mr Mulholland was in, adding; “he is fre of heroin and in receipt of methadone but this is not offending to top that up but offering to eat.”

Mulholland pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced to 6 weeks in prison. A suspended sentence was also imposed for a previous offence, taking his prison sentence to 14 weeks altogether.

C Bradshaw, a food bank manager organised by Darlington’s Salvation Army, stated that the cases of people stealing in order to eat are increasing as a result of benefit reforms and sanctions. Bradshaw is also calling for the abolishment if benefit sanctioning which results in claimant’s benefits being reduced or stopped entirely if they are suspected of non-compliance… So in other words, he basically wants claimants to be given money and not expected to look for work etc? Yeah great plan. Not.
And he can’t exactly say that Mulholland was sanctioned for non-compliance considering he failed to attend appointments, if he had a genuine reason for not going then all he had to do was inform them and take a doctors letter to his next appointment. I don’t believe for one second that his “disability” renders him completely immobile therefore he could actually make an effort and get into the doctors and Jobcentre. He has no one to blame here but himself.

As for the theft, regardless of the reasons behind the crime, it is still an offence. People can disagree as much as they like about him being sentenced for stealing in order to eat, however, he still intended to permanently deprive a company of the stole items rather than actually trying to sort a more legal method to his problems.

Stuart Young should be hung

One thing that really gets my blood boiling is child abuse in any form and the case of Stuart Young was no exception, this case really got me annoyed.

Stuart Young, aged 37, abused a number of children over a 5 year period, including a 6 month-old baby girl who he continued to abuse until she was 5 years-old. He also raped a baby boy when he was just 1 day-old and continued to abuse him for 3 months. His third victim was a 9 year-old girl who he abused in July 2013. All of the offences occurred between November 2008 and December 2013 in various locations around Edinburgh.

Young was arrested and charged in January 2014 after one of the girls revealed what happened to her. He was remanded in custody until sentencing and placed on the Sex Offenders Register. He was finally convicted after a week long trial, which took the jury only 2 hours to find him guilty of 2 counts of rape and another count of sexual assault. The offences were so appalling that the members of the jury have been excused from jury duty for 5 years.

P Arthurson QC adjourned sentencing until the 28th of May 2015 but told Young to expect a lengthy prison sentence… No prison sentence is long enough to compensate for the lives he has ruined. Those children who have suffered at his hands are going to have to live with what he has done for the rest of their lives, Lord knows what psychological damage he has caused to those poor children… This is exactly why the death sentence should be brought back, people like Young do not deserve to have a cushy life behind bars.