Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The British criminal justice system is a joke

A 21-year-old man has been jailed for life for murdering an amateur photographer in a bungled mugging.

The body of Lee Phipps, 31, was discovered on a path close to his home in South Shields on 2 March 2006. He had been stabbed through the heart.

During the investigation, police also found a 10 second video clip on Nichols' mobile phone, recorded only days after the attack.

In it, Nichols leers into the camera and calls himself a murderer.

Mr Phipps had been on his way to take photographs of a recent snowfall at Cleadon Hills when he was attacked.

Nichols rammed him with a bicycle as he walked along a secluded path, hoping to knock him off his guard and steal his digital camera.

A spot of Mr Phipps' blood was found on Nichols' tracksuit bottoms

But the victim fought back and was stabbed several times, including once in the heart. A spot of blood was later found on Nichols' clothes.

On Tuesday, the judge at Newcastle Crown Court recommended he serve a minimum of 22 years.

Source: BBC

So if its not bad enough that this guy acted how he did, his life sentence was for a minimum of only 22 years. So it wasn't a life sentence at all. Why the fuck are we calling it life then?

What really annoyed me about the story was this -

"It was the most serious in a long line of offences committed by Nichols, who has 37 previous convictions, including robbery, burglary, violence and carrying a knife".

You'd think they system would accept this person was scum and lock them up before they had committed 37 offences.

Yet day after day there is more insane, draconian legislation aimed against the average man on the street.

I don't know why this should annoy me as much, sadly its almost a daily occurrence in this country.

Personally, I support the death penalty and think this bastard should be strung up. I also think that people who are responsible for him being free after 37 offences should be sacked and prosecuted. If the legislation doesn't exist, it should be drafted.

Given the mindless behaviour I constantly see from school children, teenagers and people my age (mid 20's) I very much think things will get considerably worse over the coming decades.

I also work with people from around Europe, they are stunned at some of the things we accept as the norm. I wish I was. Time was you'd feel ashamed to be British abroad when the fat, football shirt wearing clones went on the rampage. I now just feel ashamed to be British full stop.

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