Attacker of 97 yr old veteran escapes jail

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7056325.stm

This is the most despicable thing I have read about in some time.

Does anyone know where the proceedings are likely to be published, the likelihood of an appeal by the crown prosecution service, and any means by which a third party can complain about the leniency of this judgement either to government or to a professional organisation?

Attacker of elderly man sentenced

A man who left a 97-year-old war veteran blind in one eye after attacking him on a packed tram has been given a three-year supervision order.

Stephen Gordon, 44, punched Shah Chaudury, who walks with the aid of two walking sticks, in Croydon, south London, in December.

Gordon was found guilty of grievous bodily harm after the attack was caught on CCTV, Croydon Crown Court heard.

The British Transport Police said they were "disappointed" with the sentence.
 
#2
Joined up government? :roll:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7056253.stm

Rise in repeat violence charges

The number of freed violent criminals charged with a further serious offence while under community supervision jumped last year by 36%.

In 2006/7, 83 offenders supervised by probation and other agencies in England and Wales were charged with offences such as murder, manslaughter and rape.

This compares with 61 in 2005/06, Ministry of Justice figures reveal.
A man who left a 97-year-old war veteran blind in one eye after attacking him on a packed tram has been given a three-year supervision order.
How long until this person is before the bench again, with more blood on his hands? :roll:
 
#4
Ask Iolis, he knows everything legal.

Expect this sort of thing to become the norm as the demographic shifts to an older population. Pensioners thrown off buses . . punched on trams . . there doesn't seem to be the same respect for age any more. An effect of an overwhelming yoof culture in the media perhaps?
 
#6
MrPVRd said:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/7056325.stm

This is the most despicable thing I have read about in some time.

Does anyone know where the proceedings are likely to be published, the likelihood of an appeal by the crown prosecution service, and any means by which a third party can complain about the leniency of this judgement either to government or to a professional organisation?

Attacker of elderly man sentenced

A man who left a 97-year-old war veteran blind in one eye after attacking him on a packed tram has been given a three-year supervision order.

Stephen Gordon, 44, punched Shah Chaudury, who walks with the aid of two walking sticks, in Croydon, south London, in December.

Gordon was found guilty of grievous bodily harm after the attack was caught on CCTV, Croydon Crown Court heard.

The British Transport Police said they were "disappointed" with the sentence.
http://www.attorneygeneral.gov.uk/attachments/ULS - FAQ - 2007 edition.pdf
write to the Attorney General Baroness Scotland, 20 Victoria Street
London SW1H 0NF
 
#7
Why bother ? It seems the wish of the general public hold no interest to those who have positions of power.

Just my Two pence worth.
 
#8
swift_and_old said:
Why bother ? It seems the wish of the general public hold no interest to those who have positions of power.

Just my Two pence worth.
do you bother voting :roll: If a member of the public writes to the AG she HAS to get the papers and consider whether to refer the sentence to the Court of Appeal
 
#9
I have emailed the AG and asked that the case be reviewed and a more suitable sentence imposed
 
#10
thing that bothers me here, it happened on a CROWDED tram? WTF was everone doing? standing by and letting a pensioner get punched, the scumbag wasn't detained at the scene? why not?
 
#11
I just posted on another thread that I am considering retiring abroad. Gave the reasons as tax, living expenses and climate here.

When I heard this story earlier on the radio I realised that the reasons I gave were rubbish ... the reason I want to leave is because my country makes me weep.

I am deeply ashamed of the way crime is unpunished, the elderly victimised and our servicemen left to rot.
 
#12
bigusdogus said:
thing that bothers me here, it happened on a CROWDED tram? WTF was everone doing? standing by and letting a pensioner get punched, the scumbag wasn't detained at the scene? why not?
From the story:

Police said two school children who were on the tram chased Gordon. They later gave evidence against him.
Maybe there's hope yet.
 
#13
Here we go again, venting our spleens and expressing our disgust with no regard to the fact we know fcuk all about the case other than the smallest of details. These types of threads are becoming as boring as jumping on the band wagon RIP condolence fest!

Well, someone had to say that beofre the pc brigade jumped in, personally I believe in 9 milimeters of justice to the back of the neck for this sort of scroat.
 
#14
bigusdogus said:
thing that bothers me here, it happened on a CROWDED tram? WTF was everone doing? standing by and letting a pensioner get punched, the scumbag wasn't detained at the scene? why not?
I think it all happened rather quickly.

BBC said:
Gordon had tried to push past the victim, who was standing in the aisle leaning on his walking sticks.

As he squeezed under the pensioner's arms his hat was knocked off and he swore at the man and punched him in the face.

Police said two school children who were on the tram chased Gordon. They later gave evidence against him.
Well done for the two school children. They did the right thing.
 
#16
I'm trying to get this right....was this heard in a crown court (appeal to the Attorney General for referral to appeal court) or was this tried in a magistrate's court, in which case the appeal is to the crown court via the magistrate's court? Email drafted and ready to send to the appropriate target!
 
#17
I have been infomed by the AG's office that the papers have been sent for and the case is under review.
 
#19
still21inmymind said:
I have been infomed by the AG's office that the papers have been sent for and the case is under review.
well done still2.......keep us posted. If more people took action instead of just moaning maybe things would improve
 
#20
Poppy said:
still21inmymind said:
I have been infomed by the AG's office that the papers have been sent for and the case is under review.
well done still2.......keep us posted. If more people took action instead of just moaning maybe things would improve
Will do. I don't know if the review is as a result of my email, I would imagine others have contacted the AG to express revulsion, bit as I appear to now be on the 'distribution list', will gladly keep ARRSErs updated.
 

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