…consider it a pre-emptive strike:
A computer hacker who ruined a man’s internet firm ‘for a game’ and was caught with thousands of stolen bank account details has been spared jail – so he can carry on studying…
Oooh, let me guess…for a degree in computer science?
… for a degree in law.
The court heard extracts from a letter by Andrew Laws about the loss of his business, which the judge described as ‘poignant.’Addressed to the hacker who had attacked the site, it read: ‘As you claim to know me, you may know that I left school with no qualifications, and fought for my place in the world, a world that despises academic failure. What hollow victory is yours?’
I wonder how Mr Laws feels now that the justice system has dealt with the matter? Probably twice-violated…
Martin Husseyin, representing Woodham, said his client, who is now studying for a law degree at Sussex University, was considerably more mature than he had been when he committed his offences, and realised the impact of what he had done.
Well, that’s a novel excuse, isn’t it?
‘It took so long to catch him, m’lord, that he’s now a completely different character to when he was stealing and vandalising’. I hope you’re taking notes, Zachary…
Passing sentence, Judge Mr Recorder Jeremy Donne QC said the offences were so serious that if Woodham had been over 21 and been convicted after a trial, he would have given him a three-year prison sentence.But he said that because of the defendants’ age, their guilty pleas and the fact they have either just started or are due to start further education, he could spare them immediate custody.
Well, that’s nice of you. I mean, what’s a business ruined and a man’s family terrorised by silent phone calls when all’s said and done..?