2 Articles On Inequitable Sentencing In England, 1 Article on Narrowmindedness – reposted by @AgreeToDisagree – 13th february 2012

In Apartheid, Bad By-Laws, bad laws, checks and balances, critical discourse, Fair Chrges, intent, Media Neutrality, media tricks, neurolinguistics, political correctness, politics, preventing vested interest, racism, spirit of the word, subtle insults, unique, vested interest, word of the law on February 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm


Student, 20, arrested for ‘frying hamster in a pan for ‘laughs’ at wild house party’ – by David Baker – Last updated at 12:35 PM on 11th February 2012

Police have arrested a 20-year-old student who is alleged to have cooked a hamster in a frying pan when a raucous house party got out of control.

Officers were called to the flat in York and were left horrified to discover the pet rodent dead in a frying pan in the kitchen.

They had broken up the wild party after calls from neighbours complaining about the noise and it is thought an investigation will now hinge on whether or not the hamster was already dead before it was fried.

Cruel: A student allegedly cooked a pet hamster like this one in a frying pan at a house party in York (file picture)

North Yorkshire Police confirmed that a joint investigation has been launched with the RSPCA over the incident.

A spokesman said ‘A 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.

‘He has been released on bail while inquiries continue.’

According to the RSPCA someone in the UK dials their 24 hour cruelty line, on average, every 30 seconds.

last year they investigated 159,686 cruelty complaints and secured 2,441 convictions by private prosecution to protect animals against those who break the laws.

Last month, Paul Henry was sentenced to six months in jail after he cooked

Callous: Paul Owen Henry, 45, put a cat in a microwave and killed it

a pet cat to death in a microwave in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire.

Lincoln Magistrates Court heard how 45-year-old Henry had cooked his friend’s beloved black and white moggy ‘Suzie’ after he was left home alone at his flat.

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The cat’s owner Andrew Parsons, 38, returned from work to find the remains of the 18-month-old cat in the microwave oven and the words ‘Menu fried cat £1.20’ written on the kitchen wall of the flat.

District Judge John Stobart told Henry, that he was passing the maximum sentence the law allowed after describing it as the ‘worse case of animal cruelty’ he could imagine.

He told Henry the cat was killed in ‘the most brutal and sadistic way’ and added, ‘I can’t think of a worse case of animal cruelty.

‘When Andrews Parsons eventually returned home he was to find his TV broken, his light fitting destroyed and the cat dead in the microwave after suffering the most appalling death.

Prosecutions for animal cruelty have been enforced since 2007, when the Animal Welfare Act became law in England.

The Act places a legal obligation on owners and keepers of animals to care for them properly.

Sick: The writing on the wall found at Mr Parsons’ flat, reading ‘Menu Fried Cat £1.20’. Mr Parsons found Suzie’s body in the microwave

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Who’s going to pay for the jail term? Neither the student nor Henry intends to attack people so not need to imprison, at most get an injunction order against touching or handling cats at least. Sentence Henry to work at an Animal Welfare home at most. As this animal was not bred and intended as a food animal, there should be some outcry, but imprisoning does not make sense. At most microwave Henry (abit) to teach Henry about humane culling and send Henry to study a humane culling course for cats (I suggest Korea where a fine fine made from Cat has been the tradition for years). Henry though should learn the difference between food animals and pets. The mental makeup and socialisation of the 2 types of animals is entirely different, food animals probably being heavily drugged and not given oppoerunity to socialise with their own species. As for the hamster case, if humane culling occured, then no issue, but it is doubtful that humane culling is a skill among racuous teens.




Fines for spitting? Council pushes for right to fine those caught in the act By Daily Mail Reporter Last updated at 1:17 AM on 11th February 2012

Action: Enfield Council are hoping to persuade Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to argue with their proposals to fine people for spitting

A council is hoping to become the first area in Britain to ban spitting in public.

Enfield Council in North London has asked Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to approve a bye-law, after huge local support

More than 3,000 residents signed a petition in favour of a ban.

However, just four  people raised objections during a consultation period.

If Mr Pickles gives the thumbs-up, the council aims to have the ban in place within a month.

Council enforcement officers would be empowered to hand out fixed penalty notices – expected to be around £80 – to anyone caught spitting.

Those refusing to pay could face prosecution and a potential fine of up to £5,000.

Although the borough’s CCTV cameras would not be used to detect incidents of spitting, it is thought that film could be brought in evidence in any court cases.

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Enfield councillor Chris Bond, environment member of the council’s cabinet, said: ‘Spitting is a truly disgusting habit and the vast majority of people are in favour of us banning it.

‘It is now up to the Government to decide whether or not we can ban spitting in this borough and I’d urge them to listen to the views of people living here and give us the ability to tackle this foul practice once and for all.’

Watch out: Anyone caught spitting in Enfield could be fined £80 should the proposals be accepted (Posed by models)

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So, no-one posting comments has ever had a bad cough? You’re walking along, cough, bring up a mouthful of green splodge, you don’t have a hankerchief and you can’t see a bin or a drain…what do you do…chew on it for a while? Impossible to enforce…another fat councillor inventing non-jobs to keep your council tax rolling in to his bank account.

– amanda, gloucester, 11/2/2012 10:45
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I though spitting was an offence I can remember signs saying £5 fine

– george, Hitchin, 11/2/2012 10:45
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Can we start with the Great game of football. Some of the players need an IQ test. They may have the cars money and WAGS but they need to be taught some manners.

– Toto Kubwa, Cyprus, 11/2/2012 10:43
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What next fined for breathing.They should fine bankers and politicians for ruining our lives and it should not be £80.

– cyril, bedford, 11/2/2012 10:38
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Not hard to see why it’s become popular watch any football match, some of our players could spit for England !

– Birdseye, Chepstow, 11/2/2012 10:37
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Being old I can remember when this was an offence – a finable offence – just about everywhere. Question is, who decided that this should be dropped? Some trendy maybe. I believe that the offence was a local by-law offence, not an offence against a Parliamentary Act. I suppose we’ll now see arguments over just who is responsible for enforcing this with the police telling us yet again it isn’t their job and that they are too busy doing other things more important. Interesting that there are never published figures showing the number of police actually on duty but in police stations (i.e. an hourly graph) as a comparison of those in the streets dealing or preventing offences.

– Norman Speight, London UK, 11/2/2012 10:34
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To right, on the spot fine or turn up at the police station to pay your fine. I’m thed up with seeing people spitting out there flem onto the pavement of which I walk upon. Some parts of Coventry are bad enough dodging all the dog mess but I have to keep my eyes on the pavement looking out for flem. It’s dirty and can spread all sorts of illness around.

– Paul, Coventry, 11/2/2012 10:34
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“A council is hoping to become the first area in Britain to ban spitting in public.” Spitting in public was illegal before WW II. I remember the notices on lamp posts forbidding it on pain of a £5 fine. More than a weeks wages at that time and there were more police around to enforce it.

– John, Surrey, 11/2/2012 10:34
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How will you get the youth of today to stop spitting when “sports men” set the example by doing it all the time. One of the prominent signs on buses used to be “No spitting” one reason for this was that it was considered to be a source of spreading TB which was rampant in the 40’s and 50’s. We are now faced with even deadlier TB so it now would be a good time to stamp out this filthy habit on the streets and on the play fields, start by fining the big earning football players.

– Bev, Gillingham Dorset, 11/2/2012 10:34
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What next? Farting in public. I don’t like spitting as much as the next person but feel this is going too far. I run long distance and when I do I produce overwhelming amounts of congested rubbish off my chest which is often black (I don’t smoke I live in a city). Do you really expect me to swallow that, or should I carry a spitoon?

– Nan, NY state, 11/2/2012 10:32

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Depends on where the spit actually goes (notwithstanding where it was intended to go – grassy knolls where people are not going to be sitting, drains, or down drain covers should be ignored) and the intention of the spitter or reason for spitting. No need to fine, an option to clean up the mess can be given in lieu of fining. Also a 80 sterling fine is too high. It’s a spit wad, and will not cost 80 sterling to clean up. Equitable remember? How about an 8 sterling fine instead? That is along the lines of 1-2 mins of cleaning work by any workers. In a high volume area in fact, the pedestrian traffic would render the fine meaningless, please use common sense. If someone was fined for farting it’d be similar. In less than a minute nothing would remain, so how could anyone expect to pay for that. You’d have all kinds of people accusing the police of being malicious and making up stories instead.

Word against word, that sort of thing – IF 80 sterling (because 80 sterling is too much) the sheer unfairness factor would doubtless result in challenges to the case and refusal to cooperate. As for 8 sterling, being fairly reasonable, would not meet such resistence because the fairness factor is there. But if they try to cut the civilian throats with cuthroat fines, doubtless the citizen will see fit to retaliate in whatever form, namely simple denials against the offensively high fine for an inconsequential offence. If the police lays a hand on the indignant person about to walk away, assault reports etc.. will result. Society will become less harmonious because a spit wad becomes a reason to fine heavily. Orwellian England strikes again!




Dwarf left disabled after he was picked up and thrown to the ground blames England rugby team’s World Cup antics for copycat attack – by Emma Reynolds – Last updated at 3:29 PM on 16th January 2012

Career-ending: Martin Henderson was celebrating his birthday at a pub when he was picked up and dropped

A dwarf who is facing life in a wheelchair after being picked up and thrown to the ground has blamed England’s rugby team for giving his attacker the idea.

Martin Henderson suffered injuries to his back and legs after being dropped on to the hard ground as he had a cigarette outside a pub in Wincanton, Somerset.

The life-changing attack on the 37-year-old came shortly after the England players visited a ‘dwarf-tossing’ competition at the World Cup in New Zealand.

The stars, including Zara Phillips’s husband Mike Tindall, were disciplined for attending the event, as well as for other acts of bad behaviour on the tour.

Mr Henderson believes that the violence that has put an end to his promising acting career could have been inspired by the news story about the players’ night out in September.

‘The England players had been in trouble for going to a dwarf tossing event and this might have given this guy the idea,’ he said.

The rugby stars were seen downing shots as they partied in a Queenstown bar called Altitude, which was hosting a ‘Mad Midget Weekend’.

This was also the night that Tindall, newly married into the Royal Family, was captured on CCTV kissing ex-girlfriend Jessica Palmer.

The night out followed a disastrous opening match for the England team, setting the tone for their appalling performance on and off the field during the tournament.

Mr Henderson, who suffers from achondroplasia dwarfism and spinal stenosis, said his legs went numb after the callous attack.

He said: ‘I had surgery on my back in 2010 and was making really good progress and my surgeon was really happy with me.
Party time: Dan Cole and Steve Thompson were among the England players who were on a night out in the Altitude Bar in Queenstown

Party time: Dan Cole and Steve Thompson were among the England players who were on a night out in the Altitude Bar in Queenstown

‘But then this happened and it’s kicked it all off again. I keep falling over and I found out today that I have fractured my arm.

‘Every time I stand up I don’t know if I’m going to fall over. I will have to use a wheelchair and I won’t get any acting jobs.

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‘I just hope they catch him. I don’t usually have any trouble and I know that I have never upset anyone in Wincanton.’
Numb: Mr Henderson, 37, said he struggles to stay upright and often falls over following the attack

Numb: Mr Henderson, 37, said he struggles to stay upright and often falls over following the attack

Mr Henderson has made an allegation of assault and police have launched an investigation and issued a description of the offender.

The attack on the 4ft 2ins man from Milborne Port, near Yeovil, happened outside Wincanton’s White Horse pub.

Mr Henderson has appeared on TV’s Bigger Breakfast and as one of the seven dwarfs in the pantomime Snow White.

He also appeared alongside famous dwarf actor Warwick Davis in the TV mini-series 10th Kingdom – an adventure programme featuring Snow White, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

Now he fears he will not be hired for any more acting jobs. ‘We were having a good night out to celebrate my birthday and there were a few of us drinking together in a corner of the pub,’ he said.

‘I went outside for a cigarette and the next thing I know I’m suddenly in the air and someone has got hold of me. I was then dropped on to my back on to the hard floor.

‘From what I remember, there was only one person involved but it was very  scary as I didn’t know what was going on.

‘I guess I was an easy target and the only reason I was picked on was because I am small.

‘People’s attitudes to me when I go out can be pretty cruel. Most are OK but you get the odd idiot who will make fun and start laughing at me.

‘You just have to ignore it but this is the first time I have been picked up and thrown about.’

Mr Henderson described the attacker as being white, about 5ft 8ins tall and of a slim build with dark hair and a hooded top.

A police spokesperson said: ‘Officers investigating would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the pub on the night of October 7.

‘It follows an incident in which a small person was picked up by an unknown person in the bar and dropped.’

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why use the term “a dwarf” ? Would “man” not suffice? At the end of the day a man of normal height would probably sustain injury in similar circumstances.

– facts, poundland, 13/1/2012 12:26
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What an incredibly cruel thing to do…but l think going to a commercial venue where they do so-called “dwarf tossing” is also horrible and if it was up to me l would punish the whole team for bringing the sport into disrepute. Just because the people being tossed are getting paid does not excuse such foul behaviour.

– Alien McWeirdo, Some Wild Abandoned Star, 13/1/2012 11:13
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I hope he has stopped smoking!!!

– facts, poundland, 13/1/2012 11:08
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Dreadful but….”Mr Henderson believes that the violence that has put an end to his promising acting career ” (sic)…………….Oh please.

– J H , Bournemouth, 13/1/2012 10:53
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Surely he should blame the ‘dwarf tossing’ competition organisers…dont hate the player, hate the game…

– jb, Glasgow, 13/1/2012 10:44
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He should take them to a small claims court

– Kerry, Berkshire, 13/1/2012 10:15
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Disgraceful. How could anyone stoop so low?

– Charles, Auckland, New Zealand, 13/1/2012 09:38
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I sincerely hope they catch the brainless moron who did this and that he ends up in prison for a long time. However, I’m not holding my breath on either count.

– Scotty, Cambs., UK., 13/1/2012 08:44
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Horrible and not right what happened to him. I’d quit smoking just to be safe if I was him.

– Cartman, Denver, USA, 13/1/2012 05:21
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Laura, England What’s wrong with you?

– mew, england, 13/1/2012 01:47

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Another form of dehumanising objectification from mere difference leading to treatment as an object. Under the correct circumstances, the sheer difference and objectifiability gives the objectified person great power, the space between differences a source of energy no end, hence the popularity of/or the remarkable presence of LGBTs. However in a rowdy crowd filled with rough and uneducated (ineducable) people intolerant of differences in general suffering back home or at work or at school, we can see how enthusiasm for sport can become violence from sheer intolerance.

Too fat, too thin, too foreign, too short, too tall, too strange, and formerly in most of the first world too gay (effeminate or campily flouncing around doesn’t help though there  should be a place for that too) or too LGBT, (this is a severe problem in the 3rd world if you look at the laws and refusal of MPs to demand it’s change . . . ) all result in the closed minded, poorly traveled, or simply fundamentalistic mind/society intent on defending ‘comfort zones’ converting or beating into conformity, being too lazy to grow new neurons to form new views – ‘clinging to guns and religion’ as it were. They instead respond in the basest manner possible. Similarly the psyche establishment poisons and electrifies, implants, controls any who do not fit into a society to preserve ‘peace’ which actually is a form of stagnation.

Who needs to be so uniform? Only the conventional would be so uniform. In general the well read and upper crust types have more excess/neuronal energy at their command and are thus able to absorb and buffer against differences, in part media needs to present and normalise the strange and uncommon, the thought provoking, even jarring, though not too jarring and not too often while retaining ‘safe zone’ channels for the weak minded cowering in their own insularism. Meanwhile yob preferred sports venues, or some political parties with narrow views are not the best place to be different in. The comfort zone issue is insanely protected as all which are not human are objects. So they threw Henderson because of stupidity and lack of exposure to dwarfs. Suggest that tv programmes include HOURLY all sorts and varieties of people for a start, then later the more unique and strange and different the better. Insularism of a different sort, mental laziness, racism sliding into outright Nazi-ness, then Fundamentalism, finally APARTHEID and you know the rest ‘Aryans’ on crusade in ‘sand n1gg3r’ country . . . appreciate diversity don’t abuse diversity. Dwarves should form their own colonies and refine those genes by marrying the next healthiest dwarf. In the event that some virus wipes out entire populations but leaves dwarves alive, the next generation of humans could well be midgets only.


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