Saturday, 24 February 2018

A Civil Matter...

Jennifer Redgrave-Scott, 53, was charged under dangerous dog laws after her Labrador Shar Pei cross savaged PC Simon Banks as he was leaving the rural property following a call from her estranged stepson.
At Stockport Magistrates' Court Mrs Redgrave-Scott, a mother of seven, wept as she admitted have a dog dangerously out of control and was ordered to pay damages and serve a 12-month community order.
No jail. Of course!
The court heard the incident arose out of a long running dispute between Mrs Redgrave-Scott and her stepson Adam after she married his widowed father Richard Scott, now 81 in 2015 following a 23 year courtship.
It was claimed Adam, 55, - who lives at a luxury farmhouse on the complex - had feared he would lose out on inheriting his father's farm Moat Hall as a result and reported his stepmother to police on various occasions.
Oo-er! It's all getting a bit 'Midsomer Murders'...
Mrs Redgrave-Scott had herself previously signed a 'no biting' behavioural contract (Ed: One supposes it's for the dog..?) after the dog jumped up at guests staying at her B&B on the farm in the tiny village of Marthall, near Knutsford, Cheshire.
The 10-year old animal has since been destroyed.
Who'd go to a guest house where there's a dangerous mutt chained in the yard?!?
In mitigation defence lawyer Angelo Saponiere said: 'My client hasn't slept and has had to maintain her employment and caring for her husband full time, whilst looking after a family. She runs a B&B with her eldest son and has seven children with her husband, who is 81 - but she has had a lot of trouble from her stepson Adam.
'On that day in question he called the police because work was being done on the farm that he wasn't happy about. He has taken them to the social services, to the courts of protection, he has got the police, involved on a number of occasions.
'It is my thinking that he wants some part of the inheritance. He lives across the road from the family and is constantly calling the police trying to report them. She came back from walking the dog, chained him up and saw the police.
In her own words they 'frogmarched' her into the living room, so she got distracted and couldn't go back to the dog and put his muzzle on.
'She was distracted by the police officers and did not have time to put the muzzle on.'
You deserve an Oscar!
'She works hard to look after her family and it would be pointless to see her put in prison, especially as she provides so much for her family and the community.'
What, exactly, does she provide? Apart from a hell of a lot of work for the local shyster?

It's A Tragedy, Because They Seemed Well Suited...

Police and prosecutors are still flummoxed as to why a dying Mr Lavelle chose not to ring either police or the ambulance service as he moved around his Rock Ferry flat, in the process leaving blood stains on his walls and furniture.
It could have been confusion caused by blood loss. Or it could have been he simply wasn't very bright.
Lewis, 46, was accused of murder but she changed her plea to guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter on the second day of her trial.
Following the attack, she took several photos of her boyfriend's injured face in the bedroom of his flat.
As one does...
Lewis, of Croxteth Avenue, Seaforth, and Mr Lavelle had been in a relationship for around a year after meeting on a dating website.
When interviewed at the police station, Lewis denied causing any injury to him, and even denied that he had an injury.
The injury she had photographic evidence of, you mean? Hmmm, didn't need to be told they didn't meet at a MENSA convention, do we?
Judge Aubrey: “No sentence that this court imposes can ever mitigate their loss or take away from their grief.”
Judge Aubrey states that up until the second day of her trial Lewis had accepted no responsibility. He states that the suggestion Mr Lavelle may have taken his own life caused pain to his family.
JA “You placed before the court false positive assertions in a basis of my judgement you are still seeking to hide behind a mask of loss of memory.”
He says her sentence will be reduced by five per cent for her late guilty plea.
“It was a sad and unusual death and no one would have expected him to die from that injury, but he did, and you and no one else bears full responsibility for that death,
“ Judge Aubrey says: “One is not convinced that you have shown any remorse whatsoever.”
So the punishment will be harsh, right?
Judge Aubrey says he will pass a determinate sentence, meaning Lewis will serve half in prison before being released on licence.

Friday, 23 February 2018

"No, Not Me! I Should Be Exempt!"

A man has accused a council officer of “aggressive over-enforcement” after he was threatened with a fine for having his dog off the lead while sitting outside a Bristol coffee shop.
He doesn't deny he had the dog off the lead, in contravention of the rules. He just thinks they shouldn't apply to him, because, err, well, it's obvious! Isn't it?
Mr Piper, 36, said: “I am strongly in favour of fines being issued to combat littering, dog fouling, and other anti-social behaviour. However the aggressive over-enforcement of the new rules about keeping dogs on leads at all times is absurd and totally unjustified.”
“Responsible dog owners such as myself are being harassed and forced to pay for no good reason.”
You weren't forced to pay anything, it was for a good reason, and one man's 'harassment' is another man's 'make sure the rules apply to all'...
“I don't believe members of the public want their tax money to be spent on trivial matters, such as well-behaved dogs not being on the lead at all times.”
I do. Ask a lot of people, and they'd say 'Keep the mutts on leads? Great! Where do I vote for this?'
“This doesn't contribute to a better quality of life for anyone in Bristol, in contrast the measures brought in to combat littering, fly-posting and actual anti-social behaviour, of which there is sadly plenty.”
Actually, it's equally as important. And yes, low hanging fruit and all that, granted. But if a law it passed, it should apply to all equally. That means you too.
"When I think about how many other genuine problems there are in the city and how underfunded so many public services are, I get quite angry that the council is wasting resources in this manner.”
Then keep your dogs on a lead. Then there's no waste, is there?

You Can Take The Boys Out Of Somalia...

...but it seems you can't take Somalia out of the boys.
Yesterday Mrs Abdi called for anyone carrying a blade to be 'taken off the streets'. She spoke of her agony after her elder son and nephew, both 20, were also killed within a mile of each other in London in separate attacks.
She demanded tough action on knife crime as Scotland Yard Commissioner Cressida Dick said the 'senseless waste of life' cannot continue.
Yet it shows no signs of stopping. And you're all out of ideas, aren't you?
Yesterday the family released a statement saying: 'This is now the constant theme in our community. We are made to believe that the police are here to protect us, but how does a mother feel her kids are protected when she has lost two in the same vicinity within months? We have lots of questions and need answers. Somebody has to listen to us.'
Maybe those aren't questions you should be asking the police. Maybe you should be asking your 'community'. Or your sons?

After all, the police are treating only one as 'mistaken identity'.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Flogging A Dead, Errrr.....

The A127 is expected to be closed until midnight following reports of horses racing along the road.
By themselves..?
Reports say that the Southend bound road between Progress Road and Bellhouse Road has been closed. All traffic is being diverted away from the road.
That's a hell of a long stretch. How comes the police can get down there & close the road, but can't arrest any of the Caravan Utilising Nomadic Travellers causing the disruption?
More information as we receive it.
And indeed, there was some!
Essex Police are urging residents to report incidents of pony and trap racing which they say poses a "real risk to road users."
Last Saturday, February 3, police were called to reports of a large group of vehicles, horse boxes and pedestrians in a lane of the A127 between Codham Hall Lane, Great Warley and The Halfway House pub, causing significant disruption to road users.
Our officers attended to ensure public safety and that the road was not obstructed, seizing three vehicles and issuing a warning to another driver under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002.
And unless you keep on top of this, and make the area so utterly unwelcoming for them that they go elsewhere, you're just .... well, you can guess.

Wait, There's A Scale For This...?

A Sheriff has ordered the destruction of a bull mastiff dog after its owner was branded “irresponsible” by a specialist vet.
And Moira Hunter, of Liffnock Avenue, Kilmarnock, was also banned from owning dogs for five years following her appearance at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court on Tuesday.
Because after 5 years, she'll miraculously become Barbara Woodhouse?
In November Hunter pleaded guilty to being in charge of the dog when it was dangerously out-of-control on December 9 2016.
That saw her dog attack a labrador puppy, repeatedly biting it and causing an injury. Hunter’s mutt then attacked the labrador’s owner, biting her on the body causing her a number of injuries.
Sentence was previously deferred for a veterinary report on the dog’s behaviour.
Even dogs now don't feel the lash of justice before the system has commissioned a report from someone!
Defending, Mr Cunnigham told the court how the author of the veterinary report pointed out that the difficulty might not lie with the dog, rather its owner.
Mr Cunnigham read direct quotes from the report which stated that Hunter – who has an analagous conviction involving a Japanese Akita – is “not a responsible dog owner” and that the dog is regarded as a “level four biter.”
Who knew there was a scale? Not me!
Sheriff Elizabeth McFarlane said: “My options are quite limited and right now, they are quite clear.”
Finally, a judge with balls! Well, kind of.

It can't have been difficult, however. This is the usual type of dog, and the usual type of dog owner:
It took the witnesses in the street to shout at Hunter to do something about the attack before she finally intervened to halt the canine.
Well, of course.
Hunter sobbed in the dock as Sheriff McFarlane ordered the destruction of the dog with the requirement that Hunter hands the dog in to the police within 24 hours.
And if she doesn't, what will happen? Who will verify that the dog she hands in is the right dog?

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Karma Came For Karma....

The attack happened outside Vanessa De Alvia's home in Canberra on Thursday while she was at the shops.
Her terrified children were looking on as the 'hero with a bat' turned up and started laying blow after blow into Karma, the family pet.
In an effort to prevent said 'family pet' killing someone else's family pet! 

Not because he mistook the beast for a stray bouncing googly....
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Ms De Alvia said: 'They got out and grabbed the pug. It looks bad in the footage but they were just playing with it like a tug of war like she was a toy.'
Ah, yes, the 'they are only playing!' defence. Watch the footage. They are not playing.
'My neighbour, the lady, called for her partner to help her separate them as she had the baby.'
'Then hero with a bat came and started swinging. We don't know him, have never seen him before.
'My son tried to tell him to use water but he ignored it then hit my dog until she died.'
I bet there's lots of bereaved owners of now-dead pets that would be only too happy to have 'hero with a bat' turn up in their hour of need, don't you?
She says she hopes "he gets everything thrown at him" for the attack.
Rose petals, keys to the city, plaudits..?
Ms De Alvia added: 'Well my son's traumatised he tried to tell the man what to do but he didn't listen and did what he wanted to do.'
She hopes more awareness will come of what has happened so far.
'People need to listen. My son tried to tell him he ignored it,' Ms De Alvia said. Violence against animals is not necessary and its not right.'
It shouldn't be necessary, you're right. People should be more responsible. That means you, love.

There Has To Be More To This Story...

Four men who beat a dog owner with a golf club and pool cue because he put a bag of dog poo in their bin have been jailed.
The victim suffered a fractured skull and bleeding to the brain in the attack in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, on 7 July.
His dog was swung by its lead and beaten with wood.
What sort of animals are these?
Paul Hands, 38, who planned the attack, was jailed for 13 years for assault. Three others were jailed for up to 11 years. At Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court, Darren Barnfather, 51, of Holebottom, was sentenced to 11 years for assault. John McCarthy, 52, was jailed for two-and-a-half years. Darren Bagnell, 51, of Hilton Cresent, Ashton-under-Lyne, also got two-and-a-half years.
 Harsh sentencing (for the modern UK). That says to me this wasn't their first offence.
Det Con Simon Cropper, of Greater Manchester Police, said the "vicious" attack was over "such a trivial matter".
Yet fails to utter the usual platitudes about this being 'an isolated offence'...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

I Can Think Of Another Way It Could Have Been Avoided, Megan....

Southwark Crown Court heard he was known to have a history of standing in the path of moving vehicles, an issue known to both duty holders which they failed to address adequately.
By finding him other work, perchance?
The court also heard both the council and Veolia failed to take into account the specific capabilities of this vulnerable worker and to take reasonably practicable steps to ensure his safety working within a high-risk environment.
One has to ask why they took him on in the first place. Was it because his value as a tick in the 'diversity' box outweighed his other capabilities?
Speaking after the hearing, Health and Safety inspector Megan Carr said: “This serious workplace transport incident could have been avoided if both duty holders had taken the appropriate safety precautions when planning this activity.
“Failing to identify the risks led to this man suffering serious life changing injuries.”
Perhaps it's not just the council & Veolia you should be looking at here, Megan?

"You got to know when to hold 'em..."

"..know when to fold 'em..."
Northamptonshire Police withdrew an order to have the dog destroyed ahead of a hearing at Wellingborough Magistrates' Court.
The court ruled that Muppet, a lurcher-whippet crossed with a Staffordshire bull terrier, should be muzzled at all times while in public.
Yes, I knew it'd be worth keeping an eye on this case.
Police had initially proposed to have the dog put down and had twice asked Mr Penfold to sign a voluntary destruction order. When he refused, the case was sent to court.
However, before the hearing on Thursday, Mr Penfold and the force reached an agreement that such an order would not be made as it was "completely out of character for Muppet".
Magistrates also ordered that the dog must be secured to prevent escape and controlled while in public by someone over 16. They also ordered Mr Penfold maintain third party insurance for the dog.
Seems poker's not your game, cops. You blinked.
Speaking after the hearing, Mr Penfold said it had made his Christmas to be reunited with "placid" Muppet in December after not seeing him since he was seized last February.
Ah, well, it's only taxpayers' money, after all.