Fire extinguisher-throwing student protestor jailed
What in heaven's name is the purpose in jailing 18 year old Edward Woollard for 32 months? Thirty two months - that's two years and 8 months - for lobbing a fire extinguisher on a demo. He's hurt no-one.
Commander Bob Broadhurst the Metropolitan Police Service's head of public order said:
"This sentence is a significant period of imprisonment for a young man with no previous convictions. It will have a significant impact on his life and his future."Too bloody right it will! How to alienate an otherwise nice kid for a lifetime? Surely a week in the cells would have been enough put the fear of God into him?
Where is the sense in locking him up for so long? He's hardly a danger to the public. His mum even got him to fess up...she won't do that again! Neither will many other nice right thinking parents.
Compare this with people in so called positions of trust, such as "at least seven-and-a-half years in jail before being considered for parole" for Stephen Mitchell, the policeman, who raped and sexually assaulted vulnerable women while on duty. Or dishonest MP, David Chaytor who gets 18 months for thieving more than £20,000 from the taxpayer.
What a topsy turvey world we live in...