Our thanks to Ian for this. Excerpts:
A photography student who went on the rampage after being turned away from a Notting Hill club for being too drunk was spared jail after a judge [Adrian Turner] told her: “I’m not sending a lady to prison for something like this”.
Karolina Szumko, 18, had drunk half a bottle of vodka when she attacked staff at the Notting Hill Arts Club, hurling racist slurs at police officers and aiming kicks and punches as she was dragged away in handcuffs.
Even after her arrest, Szumko, who is in her first year of a photography degree at Kingston University, continued to rant at police, calling them “British p*****s” and telling them: “You are going to f***ing die, f***ing racists, pretend to be white but wish Christmas to Muslim people.”…
“I hope you are horrified, it horrifies me”, he [the judge] said. “Racially abusing and attacking police officers and security people, all in a public place, and that’s the result of drinking far more vodka than was good for you. [How much vodka IS good for you? We should be told.]
“I dare say you were not aware of what was going on, and I accept what happened wouldn’t have happened apart from drinking, you are genuinely sorry. [Ms Szumko is clearly not responsible either for drinking the vodka, or what followed.]
“I’m not going to send a lady [my emphasis] to prison for something like this.”
A ‘lady’? Somehow I think that if the drunken 18-year-old student had been a man, he wouldn’t have said this:
“I’m not going to send a gentleman to prison for something like this.”
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