A magistrate, posting a comment on the excellent Magistrate’s Blog:
A case: Man in his 30s bought a bunch of flowers in an old-fashioned florist. Long story, but groped the 16 year old assistant through her overall – no flesh-on-flesh contact. Immediate apology – with an unwanted peck on the cheek. Long story but he got four months. Lost his job as an architect’s draughtsman. Well known member of the Pakistani community here – lost face. Probably an even bigger shock than our sentence. Appealed and sentence upheld. So yes, we ruined his day.
Right. So for something so trivial that only an Andrea Dworkin-esque loony could view it as anything other than a bit rude and thoroughly slap-worthy, this poor bugger has his life ruined – and the courts and appeal courts think this is entirely acceptable?
I’m not Richard Littlejohn, and often find that stuff that gets labelled “politically correct” is sensible and reasonable behaviour (teaching children not to be bigots, making people actually do their jobs, etc). But for the love of God, what kind of loony would call the rozzers in the first place in such a context; and what kind of mad rozzer would take it further than a caution? Jesus Christ…