Monday, November 23, 2009

Decline and Fall

Via Patrick; an English ex- soldier will be sentenced to five years in jail for finding a gun in a trash bin and returning it to the police:

"(His lawyer) also showed jurors a leaflet printed by Surrey Police explaining to citizens what they can do at a police station, which included "reporting found firearms".

"Quizzing officer Garnett, who arrested Mr Clarke, he asked: "Are you aware of any notice issued by Surrey Police, or any publicity given to, telling citizens that if they find a firearm the only thing they should do is not touch it, report it by telephone, and not take it into a police station?"

"To which, Mr Garnett replied: "No, I don't believe so."

"Prosecuting, Brian Stalk, explained to the jury that possession of a firearm was a "strict liability" charge – therefore Mr Clarke's allegedly honest intent was irrelevant.

"Just by having the gun in his possession he was guilty of the charge, and has no defence in law against it, he added."

No doubt about it-- England is Doomed!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Steve

I was as concerned as you when I initially saw this press report.

I happened to mention this incident ( in passing ) to a local Police Inspector this morning, and he said "sometimes things are not as simple as they seem!".

I have faith in the UK Justice system to sort this one out, and if the guy was member of BASC ( like your NRA), he would have been better represented, and if innocemt as claimed , maybe would not have been brought before a court - It will be interesting to see how it turns out.