Saturday 13 October 2012

In the courts

British justice, where wearing an offensive T-shirt will get you a longer prison sentence than a road rage driver who assaults an 81-year-old woman.

A thug has been jailed for beating up an elderly woman who told him to watch his language when he swore at her for driving too slowly. Road rage driver Usman Ali Yasin, 30, left Patricia Pearson, 81, with horrific injuries following the attack in June this year. She suffered cuts to her forehead, lips and cheek and told police the attack had left her feeling 'vulnerable'. 

Yasin claimed that the pensioner attacked him and told officers he had been acting in self-defence. He was jailed for 16 weeks yesterday after a trial at Burton Magistrates Court found him guilty of common assault. 


A man who wore a T-shirt with offensive comments about the murders of Pc Fiona Bone and Pc Nicola Hughes on it just hours after they died has been sentenced to eight months in prison. 

Barry Thew, 39, who has a lengthy criminal record, wore a T-shirt with ‘One less pig: Perfect justice’ hand-written on it the same day the two women police officers were gunned down. 

Thew, of Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, admitted a Section 4A Public Order Offence (displaying writing or other visible representation with intention of causing harassment, alarm or distress) and was sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court today. 

Another instance of the British judiciary’s enthusiasm for imprisoning people for expressing offensive opinions is the jailing of Matthew Woods. Nineteen years old, and doing three months for making "grossly offensive" comments about an abducted child. On his own Facebook page.