Tuesday, March 23, 2004
The ratchet gets turned another notch.
A 25-year-old man is beginning an eight year sentence after he was found guilty of the manslaughter of a 38-year-old man who had tried to rob him.
Carl Lindsay from Walkden, Greater Manchester, stabbed Stephen Swindells after he and three accomplices arrived at Lindsay's home armed with a gun.
Mr Swindells died later after he was found discovered collapsed in an alley.
His three accomplices were found guilty of robbery and firearms offences and sentenced to fourteen years.
Well, OK, instinct tells me that Mr Lindsay may not be a model citizen but, strewth, if four maniacs with a gun trying to storm your house isn't cause for self-defence, what exactly is ? Would the guy have been allowed to defend himself if he'd let himself take a round ? And what's with the 'robbery' thing anyway - with four of them and a gun, I think we're entitled to suspect they had a little more on their mind than simple robbery. But no - he's not on the slab, so he must be guilty. But why's crime going up again ?