First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers…

…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.

Oh.

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..?

8 comments for “First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All The Lawyers…

  1. Stab11
    May 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    A few years ago a nasty little fraudster I had a run in with (he didn’t get anything from me but I know a few of his victims) was caught and brought trial then found guilty. At this point he pulled the same trick and we learned he was a changed character now studying law at a Uni. It worked as he got away with a suspended sentence. Later enquiries revealed he only did a couple of months more of the law course before leaving and no doubt continuing his criminal career. He has walked free when caught previously by using the excuses of Aspergers syndrome and before that OCD which it seemed compelled him to carry out commercial frauds.

    • Paul
      May 26, 2011 at 8:12 pm

      He has walked free when caught previously by using the excuses of Aspergers syndrome and before that OCD which it seemed compelled him to carry out commercial frauds.

      Thereby not doing the majority of people who suffer from these syndromes/disorders any favours in the eyes of the general public…

      Very, very rare for people with Asperger’s to carry out frauds like that; most of us don’t have the social/manipulation skills, for a start. In fact, due to the nature of the syndrome it’s far more likely that we’d get taken in by such people.

      • May 27, 2011 at 6:36 am

        That’s the legal system for you, but they can only do this with the connivance of doctors only too willing to fudge issues and stretch points…

  2. PT
    May 26, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    “I wonder how Mr Laws feels now that the justice system has dealt with the matter?”
    We’ll never know, will we? We have no justice system. We have instead a cosy lawyers’ club.

  3. May 26, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    What? No difficult upbringing, no troubled childhood? Don’t think much of Woodham’s lawyer – could probably have got the judge to make the victim pay for Woodham’s time and trouble if he’d put a bit of effort into it.

    ‘Kinell!

  4. May 26, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    I wonder if Ronnie Biggs could have returned from Brazil a ‘changed man’?

    • May 27, 2011 at 6:37 am

      I hear those sort of operations are available… 😉

      • May 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

        :mrgreen:

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