Okay, so it’s still only Thursday, but hopefully even the British legal system won’t be able to top this until the weekend’s done. Though I wouldn’t put money on it. Regardless, in the finest SchNEWS tradition, it’s time for…
Crap Sentence of the Week!
With all the sentences coming down the pipeline this week we’re a little spoilt for choice. Maybe Nicolas Robinson, jailed for six months for nicking a £3.50 crate of mineral water? Or Jordan Blackshaw and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, jailed for four years for “incitement to riot” despite the lack of any, well, riot actually happening?
How about the seventeen year old boy arrested for posting the following to Facebook:
I think we should start rioting, it’s about time we stopped the authorities pushing us about and ruining this country. It’s about time we stood up for ourselves for once. So come on rioters – get some. LOL.
Clearly the work of some sort of sinister terrorist-gang leader-anarcho-Islamist-hip-hop mastermind. Thankfully, Her Majesty’s Constabulary and Courts Service were on the case, picking the lad up and sentencing him to:
- Banned from social networking sites for 12 months
- 120 hours’ community service
- 12-month youth rehabilitation order
- Curfew between 7pm and 6am for three months
Some might say that’s a little over the top, to be honest. The Anarchist Media Project has produced the following image (available as a PDF poster on their site):
Edit: in happier news, Ursula Nevin has been released from jail. She is the mother of two from Manchester who was sentenced to five months in prison for handling stolen goods – the goods in question being a pair of shorts looted by someone else (Ursula herself was in bed at the time.)
While her release is of course wonderful news, she has been sentenced to 75 hours community service instead – which seems a little much given she’s already spent a week in jail.