Will someone please explain to me what is happening to our criminal justice system?
Two stories from today’s paper. A TV producer who filmed himself in bed with his girlfriends gets eight months in prison. And a moron who killed a police dog with his car and injured two police officer while three times over the limit gets a suspended sentence. The only thing I can think of is that it reflects the way our country despises the middle classes while it bends over backwards to help our growing underclass.
I am starting to think that vigilantism is the way to go and am thinking of starting a new series based around a guy who has had enough and goes on a Death Wish-style rampage giving villains their just desserts. We’ll see.
Just passed 101,000 words on the new Nightingale book. All going well.
Anyway, here’s the two stories (both from the Daily Mail). See if you think it’s fair:
A womanising BBC producer who secretly filmed himself having sex with a series of well-known TV and radio presenters was jailed for eight months today.
Benjamin Wilkins used a camera hidden in a smoke alarm to tape his sexual encounters with a succession of women that he lured back to his flat.
He was caught when his girlfriend - and mother of his child - discovered a box of DVDs hidden in his loft and called the police.
Judge Roger Chapple told the 37-year-old he had 'betrayed' the trust of his victims.
The judge said the effect on the women who had been filmed had to be considered when sentencing Wilkins.
A joyrider has walked free from court after killing a police dog and injuring two officers in a road smash while three times over the drink-drive limit.
As his 12-month prison sentence was suspended at Newcastle Crown Court, Sean Lawson, 20, shouted ‘Get in!’
Prosecutor Geoff Mason told the court that the trail of destruction started when a VW Passat was rammed by a car in the Benwell area of the city on November 9 last year.
As the owner got out to chase two men, others jumped into the man's Passat and drove it away.
Later that night, a police officer spotted the stolen car with Lawson driving and, when he tried to pull it over, he put his foot down and accelerated away.
He then lost control, mounted a pavement and just avoided slamming into some houses.
A police car tried to box the car in but he rammed it, forcing it backwards down the road.
It was then spotted travelling on the wrong side of the road round a blind bend with no lights on doing 60mph.
Lawson again lost control and missed hitting another police car by inches.
He then drove at 90mph on the wrong side of the A695 dual carriageway, still with no lights.
Lawson then pulled a hand-brake turn, causing another collision with a police car and a dogs van.
A stinger device was then used to stop the VW Passat, which by now had its bumper hanging off.
Two police officers were also hurt in the incident at Blaydon, Gateshead. One of them needed physiotherapy to chest and back injuries.
One police dog suffered a broken back and had to be put down, while two others were injured.
Lawson, of Prudhoe, was found to be three times over the drink-drive limit during the car chase and on Monday he admitted aggravated vehicle.
He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for two years, with 200 hours unpaid work, a curfew and three-year driving ban.