Our thanks to Alan for this. The start of the piece, emphases ours:
A serial drunk driver who smashed into three cars after downing a bottle of wine was spared jail by a judge because she is a woman.
Victoria Parry, 30, was told by a woman judge at Warwick Crown Court that if she had been a man ‘it would have been straight down the stairs’ to prison.
The court heard the alcoholic was driving her Fiat Stilo when she ploughed into three vehicles before crashing into a ditch where her car burst into flames.
She was dragged from the burning wreck by other drivers after she crashed on the A46 near Stratford-upon-Avon on May 23 last year shortly before 7pm.
Parry, a shop manager who lives in a £235,000 home near Stratford-upon-Avon, already had two previous convictions for drunk driving when she appeared at court yesterday.
She admitted dangerous driving and was given a three-month suspended sentence.
Judge Sarah Buckingham said: ‘If Miss Parry was a man, there is no question it would have been straight down the stairs, because this is a shocking case of dangerous driving against a background of two previous convictions for excess alcohol.
‘But this offence was committed in May 2018 and she has not been in trouble since. [J4MB: Wow. Ms Parry has managed not to get caught drink driving over the past 11 months. Give her a medal.] She has clearly got an alcohol problem. She is, whether she admits it or not, an alcoholic.’
Addressing Parry, the judge added: ‘You richly deserve an immediate custodial sentence of 18 months. [J4MB: “But you own a vagina, and therefore cannot be held accountable for your actions”] I want to see whether you can really address the issues rather than paying lip service.
‘If you succeed, I will not make the custody immediate. If you don’t comply, I will conclude that you are not worthy of the chance.’
The court heard Parry almost caused a major crash when she overtook into oncoming traffic before ploughing into three vehicles.
Later in the piece:
Lucy Tapper, defending, said Parry started drinking up to two bottles of wine a day after being in an abusive relationship.
The standard claim made for female criminals, probably not even followed up. And the incident happened AFTER the relationship, anyway. Bottom line, a man is responsible for a female criminal’s actions, as usual. Maybe there was no such relationship, or if there was, she was the abuser.
Being in an abusive relationship should not be considered a mitigating circumstance. If women lack the moral agency to leave such relationships, they lack the moral agency rightly expected of adults, and should be denied the rights that come with adulthood e.g. the right to drive, the right to purchase alcohol. We would all be safer if Victoria Parry was denied those two rights, rather than being released to drink drive and possibly injure or kill people in future. Maybe it will take her killing people through her drunk driving, to finally be incarcerated.
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