Outrageous. An extract:
Her booty including a Markus Lupfer jacket, a pair of Claudie Pierlot shoes, a Pinko handbag and a silver knife.
After she admitted theft in court, Westminster magistrate Grant McCrostie [J4MB: I’d have put money on this idiot of a magistrate being a man] gave her a conditional discharge for 12 months. He said: ‘You are obviously a woman of considerable talents. You are obviously intelligent. [J4MB: Since when was intelligence a mitigating factor in sentencing?]
‘Taking goods from any store, including Harrods, is wrong. [J4MB: As one of my children used to say as a teenager, ‘No shit, Sherlock!’] Because of the fact that you pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity [J4MB: She was obviously caught red-handed. Of course she pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. What else could she do? How can this be a defence for the crime of shoplifting?] and you do have a potentially bright future, we will deal with this more leniently than we should have.’
In the meantime many thousands of young men are serving time in British prisons for much lesser offences, their future job prospects (and therefore life prospects) damaged, maybe permanently.
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