“Here’s something I found in the Teeside Gazette…”
“Whilst sober and drug-free, you’re a hard-working young man,” said Judge Peter Armstrong.
“You’ve made considerable achievements already in your life as far as work is concerned, a responsible, well-paid job.
The problem, said the judge, came when Liddle got back on land and spent his money on drink and drugs, particularly cocaine or crack cocaine.”
Yes, it’s clearly entirely the fault of the drink and drugs, and not the fact he’s utter scum who pals around with scum like himself:
Judge Peter Armstrong said Millington and Williams played no part in the more serious assault with the car which, with a string of other serious offences, earned Liddle a 13-year jail term.
He told the pair: “I don’t think you could complain if both of you were locked up today.
“But the offence is now of some age and a lot’s happened in each of your lives since.
“I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just possible in your cases to suspend the prison sentences which are inevitable.”
He gave each an eight-month jail term suspended for two years with 100 hours’ unpaid work and, for Williams, 30 days’ rehabilitation activity.
Both were given a three-month tagged curfew between 9pm and 6am “as an immediate punishment”.
“That package is a direct alternative to custody,” said Judge Armstrong.
But wait! There’s more!
At this point, however, Mr Walker asked the judge to consider a drug rehabilitation for Millington instead of unpaid work which he suggested was “setting him up to fail”.
Mr Walker said: “He acknowledges he has a problem. He acknowledges he struggles to cope with it.
“He came to court yesterday saying ‘lock me up’.”
The judge agreed to give Millington drug rehabilitation “to give him that help” instead of the unpaid work.
But this did not seem to satisfy Millington.
When told the curfew would remain, Millington said from the dock: “I’ll go down.
“I’ll just do the sentence. I’ve got no fixed abode.”
So, did he immediately rescind the suspended sentence and put this waste of oxygen where he belongs? Reader, he did not…
Judge Armstrong lifted the curfew for both Millington and Williams, leaving a suspended sentence with drug testing and treatment for Millington.
As Millington left the dock and passed the public gallery, he lightly tapped the back of his hand and said quietly: “Slap on the wrist.”
He might be utter scum, but he’s smarter than m’learned friend, isn’t he?