Ms Nichols’s (male) defence counsel is reported as saying:
‘She found herself living beyond her means.’
‘She found herself…’ What? She’s 26 years old, but is described as if she’s a young child with no personal agency, no power to resist temptation.
Some common sense from the magistrate, spoken while the woman was ‘sobbing’ – as women always seem to do during their trials, to solicit sympathy and get a lenient sentence (if any sentence at all):
Mr Recorder Ian Wyn Lloyd Jones told her he would not be doing his job if he suspended the sentence – and jailed her for eight months at Swansea Crown Court.
Does it appear to you, as it appears to me, that his personal preference would have been to hand down a suspended sentence, but he wouldn’t have been ‘doing his job’ if he’d done so? He surely wouldn’t have made the same comment to a male carer convicted of such a crime.
Women such as Caroline Criado-Perez and Laura Bates see misogyny everywhere. Day after day I find myself thinking:
What planet are these crazy women living on?