January 18, 2012

Manchester Alert

The exalting, prancing fool pictured above has just stepped outside a British courtroom in Manchester where he was given a slap on the wrist for nearly nearly beating a man to death. His accomplice in the assault, classified as Grievous Bodily Harm or GBH by the British criminal justice system, received a similar sentence.

From the UK Telegraph:
Gang members walk free from court after leaving man for dead

Daniel Chrapkowski and Thomas Lane celebrated outside Manchester Crown Court after they were given non-custodial sentences for their part in a vicious assault which left an innocent man for dead.

The pair, both 24, were in a drunken gang that attacked Joseph O'Reilly after he challenged them about kicking over wheelie bins in the street.

The victim, also 24, had been walking home with his girlfriend when he spotted the thugs scattering rubbish all over the road.

When he asked them: "what on earth are you doing," the gang turned on him. During the attack one of the gang boasted: "I've just been let out for GBH" before Mr O'Reilly was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked in the head.

He was knocked unconscious, suffered a fractured jaw and bleeding to the brain and spent a month in hospital where he had a metal plate fitted into his face. He is now wary of going out in public.

At Manchester Crown Court, tattooed Chrapkowski of Nangreave Road, Offerton, Stockport was given a 12 months suspended prison term, a two month electronic tag and ordered to complete 160 hours unpaid work after he admitted causing grievous bodily harm

Grievous Bodily Harm is very similar to aggravated assault here in the US. Because of the severity of the victim's injuries, in NY he most likely would have been charged with at least Assault 2nd, a Class C Violent Felony with a sentence of from one to five and one-half years.

This is the other cowardly, drunken, vicious predator, Thomas Lane, upon his release from Manchester Crown Court.
All three thugs later claimed they attacked Mr O'Reilly in self defence.

In mitigation for jobless Chrapkowski, defence counsel Miss Katie Jones said: "He is extremely remorseful and wishes to apologise to the court. It is extremely out of character in a misguided attempt to protect his friend. "

For sign writer Lane, Paul Hodgkinson said: "He accepts he had been out drinking and engaging in tomfoolery - kicking around bins and that they were confronted.

"He became embroiled in an argument with a member of the public which he shouldn't have done but that mischief doesn't cross the custody threshold."
Whatever you do, don't ask anyone anything about dustbins in Manchester. They might kill you and just walk away free.


Kid said...

A Clockwork Orange.

sig94 said...

Kid - the old ultra violence. I liked that movie when it first came out. Now it's a real piece of crap but unfortunately a harbringer for today's UK.

Kid said...

Sig, yea, it's quite dated, not like a Dr Strangelove...

So, what do you think is going on there? I entertain the idea that England letting themselves get so polluted with multi-culturalism for example, has had the effect of the kids just flailing about best way they know how in revolt eh wot?

I see the same here.

Andy said...

Perhaps bringing back Tyburn's Tree might put the F.O.G. back into these Y.O.B's.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

To bad guns are illegal. They needed a bullet wiping.

sig94 said...

Andy - I had to look that one up. Nice reference.

I wish I had made a copy of an old newspaper article that was in our office before we moved in 2003. It was a reproduction of a now defunct newspaper article that covered the last public hanging in NYC. They hung a pirate sometime in the 1890's or thereabouts.

sig94 said...

Odie - I kinda prefer Andy's Tree.