Punishment fitting the crime
It was good to read the newspaper report yesterday regarding the High Court's ruling that community service was not a sufficient punishment for two males who had assaulted Paramedics in Glasgow in 2005. They were sentanced to, from memory about 200 hours community service however The Crown appealled the sentence and the matter was referred to a panel of three law lords. They stated that the sentence was inappropriate as it didn't take into account the seriousness of the crime firstly becasue in the case of one of the paramedics it was an assault to severe injury and secondly because of the circumstances- that the assault was unporvoked and upon emergency servies workers trying to help the public.
So with any luck when the two charming individuals will receive a custodial sentance which hopefully may make others thiink twice before assaulting the very people going out their way to provide a valuable service to the community.
I have seen in the time I have been in the job how the perception of how serious a contravention of Section 41(1)(a) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967 other wise known as Polis Assualt has been diluted. Quite often it is simply plea bargained away by the PF at court. While I understand the need for plea bargaining to get things through court quickly I think that its got to such a level where neds must think... well i might as well have a scrap with the Police 'cause nothing is going to be done about it anyway.
Does anyone else have experience of this? I have lost count of the number of Resists or Police Assaults that have been dropped at court.