Shopkeeper fined £250 for hitting back against thieves

#1
A shopkeeper has been fined £250 and given a criminal record because he fought back when he was attacked by shoplifters.

Jacob Smyth chased three youths out of his hardware shop in Penzance, Cornwall, when he was set upon. When he was kicked in the groin by one of the hooded youths who had stolen cans of spray paint Mr Smyth hit back.

Police issued fixed penalty tickets to the shoplifters but charged Mr Smyth and a colleague with assault.

Yesterday he pleaded guilty to assault at Truro Magistrates’ Court. He claimed after the hearing that he had been advised to plead guilty because otherwise he could have faced a six month prison sentence.
In full

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article2008072.ece
 
#3
once again we punish the victim as well as the protagonist. he should be given a reward not a criminal record!! the little twats who hit him need a good scuddin and fukin locked up. but no they will have some bullshit excuse about comin from broken families or drug missuse ein the problem! "its just a cry for help" i can here some bed wetting tree hugging social worker say. no they are little cnuts....end of.

oh and if any one picks me up for not using capital letters or my grammar.....get a life ball bag!!! :x
 
#6
Forks said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAw97VzM2zk

Well, I hope this shop keeper got a medal for this one!
Gleaming, I am sure he got sod all sympathy at A&E.
 
#7
Forks said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAw97VzM2zk

Well, I hope this shop keeper got a medal for this one!
Class.
 
#8
It's a crazy, out of kilter system where this honest man is threatened with prison, and larger retailers, in up to their necks operating sleazy cartels, and stealing £millions from the general public escape with a fine.

Madness.
 
#9
They should have gone to Trial by Jury. Lots of publicity in the Papers and TV. Got the thugs into the Papers, made the Police look like a load of tossers(not hard these days) and sure enough NO jury would convict, but No, they where advised by some lazy Lawyer and they have now reaped the consequences
 
#10
Forks said:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAw97VzM2zk

Well, I hope this shop keeper got a medal for this one!
:lol: Outstanding, It was like an episode of The Four Musketeers.
 

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