It Doesn’t Really Matter What You Do, Does It?

Three teenage boys have been banned from entering Wandsworth for three years and given youth rehabilitation orders after they were found guilty of violent disorder following a stabbing in Southfields Academy.

The offences crossed the custody threshold but the boys were spared an immediate jail term.

One played the game…

She said: “You have accepted full responsibility for what you did and I accept that you are remorseful.

“You should be grateful for having the support of your mother and her partner.

“You are intelligent and capable of gaining a good education and making a positive contribution to society.”

The others didn’t…

In contrast she had strong words for the 15-year-old: “You are not facing up to the responsibility of what you did on this occasion and there is little evidence you have a desire to change.

“Knives are becoming part of your day to day existence and there is a real danger something really serious will happen to you or someone else.

“Your behaviour is deeply disturbing.”

Judge Coello criticised the Tooting boy for failing to return for sentencing with a clean record, having been arrested while on bail.

So why did they all get the same ‘punishment’? What’s the point anymore?

6 comments for “It Doesn’t Really Matter What You Do, Does It?

  1. Bemused
    August 18, 2016 at 9:44 am

    “Knives are becoming part of your day to day existence and there is a real danger something really serious will happen to you or someone else.”

    I guess non-fatal stabbings are not considered serious anymore. Our judiciary is no longer fit for purpose but that said, I am sure that had they stolen a bottle of water the sentence would have been more severe.

  2. Penseivat
    August 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

    As long as they stab each other it can only aid the improvement of the gene pool.

    • August 28, 2016 at 6:08 am

      Lots of things that would once have brought a strong response from the forces of law and order seem to be almost overlooked these days…

  3. Ted Treen
    August 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    “Your behaviour is deeply disturbing.”

    One could say exactly the same to Judge Coello.

    • August 28, 2016 at 6:08 am

      Good point!

  4. August 19, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Hah ! A friend of mine was recently handed a $3000 fine for standing on a street corner holding a sign saying ‘everyone has a right to life’ with a ref for the words to the UN Human rights declaration; and a picture of a healthy baby in utero.

    Not a teenager of course.

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