Thursday, April 22, 2010

I Don't Think It's The Booze That's The Problem...

Prohibitionists say the funniest things!
Judge Stuart Baker [said]'Your violence was fuelled by your excessive consumption which at the age of 16 you should not have been consuming at all.

'This case is one of a worrying number of cases in which young people who drink themselves to the point where they are grossly inebriated, react to a perceived grievance or insult by using violence as the first resort.'
Bad booze! Who knows what hooch will do next? But wait...
The court heard Upton of Rishton, Lancashire was just 16 yet had been given a string of warnings by police about his drunken thuggery.

He had been given a police reprimand in 2006 for headbutting a classmate and the following year he was warned for affray after punching and kicking a stranger. In January 2009 he was given an £80 fine for being drunk and disorderly.
But at least this time he's facing some actual consequences, right?
Today Upton was jailed for four years after he was found guilty of manslaughter at Preston Crown Court.
That'll teach him!


JuliaM said...

Four years. Four years for an unprovoked assault on a stranger, causing his death?

We're doomed as a country. Doomed...

JuliaM said...

"Bad booze! Who knows what hooch will do next?"

Let's hear it for cocaine, coming up on the rails:

"The Old Bailey heard how the pair were under “the evil influence of cocaine that evening”. ..."

Furor Teutonicus said...

(Thanks Julia. got here from your link).

One of the FEW things I find frustrating in Germany is that I have been part of teams that arrest people for murder, or smoething, that end up getting less than a year in prison, AND, that is "Auf Bewährung" (Not QUITE probation, but as pretty damn close as you are ever likely to get).

THAT is not the MOST annoying. What REALLY annoys me, is that no one, and I mean NO ONE is campaigning here, for tougher sentences.

It is just accepted as "thats the way it is".

Furor Teutonicus said...

Personaly I think a good kick up the arse is what they need.