You can barely go a day these days without some idiocy from either the police or politicians in the UK making the news.
Farmer Clifford Pearson woke up early one morning and let his puppy out. Unfortunately he left the door unlocked when he went back to bed with his girlfriend.
Little did he know that a 6ft 2in tall intruder had seen him and took the oppotunity to break into the house.
Mr Pearson heard a creaking floorboard about 20 minutes later and realised someone was there, so went to investigate. He came across the intruder in the bathroom.
‘He immediately took two steps towards me and came at me with his hand, which I managed to grab. He was a big man with a big hand. He then thumped me in the chest, it was a proper punch and it hurt.
‘We then scuffled and he fell to the floor. I was lucky, he ended up in a sitting position and I had my arms around his neck and was able to hold him down. There was nothing he could do to get up.’
His girlfriend in the meantime had called 999 and before long EIGHT police vehicles arrived to arrest the man.
Pearson and his girlfriend thought that the next step would be the man to be charged, appear in court and be sentenced. The next day they got a rude awakening into the world of balmy Britain.
The couple were told 12 hours later that the 20-year-old intruder had been given only a caution for common assault and was not being taken to court or punished further.
Officers then attempted to justify the decision by saying it was the man’s first offence, he had a ‘good job in the Army’, had no recollection of what he did and was intoxicated at the time.
Pearson has said that he did not smell alcohol on the intruder, and he should know having held him down for 10 minutes.
He told reporters: ‘He should have got a fine or a punishment of some sort in court. We said we wanted him prosecuted and they just played the whole thing down.
‘A caution is not a punishment for entering somebody’s house at night, assaulting them in their own house and putting the fear of God in them. This just brings an early conclusion to the case, it tidies everything up very quickly and helps their crime figures. It benefits this man and not us.’
It is becoming increasingly common in the UK where criminals are being let off with not even a slap on the wrist when other people like motorists are being fined hundreds of pounds.
An activist for reform of the justice system told WWN:
“Mr Pearson is lucky not have been charged himself for unlawful restraint or some other ‘crime’. He has now also opened himself to a possible lawsuit by the intruder. At the end of the day the criminal gets off with nothing but a caution and the owner could be financially ruined.”