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heleninwales
heleninwales
I do like a happy ending
Regular readers may remember that back in September 2011 I posted about the reckless idiot who drove a 4x4 up Snowdon -- twice!

As I said at the time after hearing that he had opted for trial by jury: He may be hoping that a jury will be more lenient, that they will think it's all a bit of a lark and find him not guilty, but that's a gamble that might backfire badly. The jurors might not take kindly to people (especially English people!) arrogantly deciding that the law doesn't apply to them and driving wherever they fancy. Many farmers hate people walking over their land and he drove over it. There is also the very valid point that if he had damaged the railway track or points, the trains would have had to be cancelled. Local people work for the railway and rely on tourists for their income. What was just a bit of fun to him could have had serious consequences. I don't think this will be lost the jury.

Well, his trial has just ended and he's been given a jail sentence of 22 months. And he totally deserved it, especially as he continued to be a complete pillock to the bitter end.

Well done that judge and jury! :)

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mevennen From: mevennen Date: January 19th, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
What an absolute moron. I'm so pleased he's gone down.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 20th, 2013 10:46 am (UTC) (Link)
What's the betting that when he comes out, he just starts driving again without bothering with any of the "formalities"? He definitely seems like one of those people who believe that rules apply to everyone but him.

Anyway, I'm so glad that I spotted the final outcome on the local North West Wales BBC news page. So often news stories just disappear, never to be seen again and then you never get a sense of closure.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: January 19th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hurrah! Excellent news.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 20th, 2013 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect, as muuranker said, he will continue to be a pillock for the rest of his life, but we can at least hope that this teaches him that he can't just flout the law.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: January 19th, 2013 06:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sometimes Dame Justice gets it right. Hurray!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 20th, 2013 10:48 am (UTC) (Link)
I suspect, as muuranker said, he will continue to be a pillock for the rest of his life, but we can at least hope that this teaches him that he can't just flout the law.

Edited at 2013-01-20 10:48 am (UTC)
julesjones From: julesjones Date: January 19th, 2013 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Very pleased to hear it. And yes, a complete and utter pillock to the end.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 20th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so glad that I spotted the final outcome on the local North West Wales BBC news page. Sometimes news stories just disappear, never to be seen again and then you never get a sense of closure.
muuranker From: muuranker Date: January 19th, 2013 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
An excellent result!

I suspect he will continue to be a complete pillock for the rest of his life. If he doesn't have the capacity to understand that he's a pillock, then I feel sorry for him.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 20th, 2013 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
If he'd been a good boy after the first offence, said "Sorry" and promised not to do it again, he may have escaped with just a fine and a short driving ban. But his blatant disregard for the law, added to the potential seriousness of what he did, has meant he's ended up with a substantial sentence, which he totally deserves!
lil_shepherd From: lil_shepherd Date: January 19th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Man was a total idiot. Let's hope he has learned his lesson, though really I doubt it.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 20th, 2013 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
What's the betting that when he comes out, he just starts driving again without bothering with any of the "formalities"? He definitely seems like one of those people who believe that rules apply to everyone but him.
lil_shepherd From: lil_shepherd Date: January 20th, 2013 10:43 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm afraid you are right.
rymrytr From: rymrytr Date: January 20th, 2013 02:27 am (UTC) (Link)


Here in the US, the offender would have probably been given a fine and a suspended sentence, with a few hours of community service.

A hearty "Well Done", and "Good on ya!" to the Judge.

heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 20th, 2013 10:40 am (UTC) (Link)
If he'd been a good boy after the first offence, said "Sorry" and promised not to do it again, that's probably what he would have got here too. But his blatant disregard for the law, added to the potential seriousness of what he did, has meant he's ended up with a substantial sentence, which he totally deserves. The first train that goes up in the morning carries supplies for the cafe at the top, so isn't full of passengers, but damage to the track could still have resulted in a derailment and loss of life.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: January 20th, 2013 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I hope his "driving test" at the end of his sentence includes learning how to take his car back to its starting point, instead of leaving it abandoned at the furthest point of the test.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: January 20th, 2013 10:36 am (UTC) (Link)
What's the betting that when he comes out, he just starts driving again without bothering with any of the "formalities"? He's definitely beginning to seem like someone who believes that rules apply to everyone but him.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: January 20th, 2013 08:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, there was a guy here recently who was jailed after being caught driving while disqualified three times (including twice on the same day). At his trial, his lawyer said his client's first night in jail had been a "wake-up call" and that he would reform this time, but the judge obviously didn't believe him.
carl_allery From: carl_allery Date: January 20th, 2013 12:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
good result though, as you say, it probably won't teach him anything. I'm also assuming he won't serve the 22 months - unless he continues to be a pillock on the inside. Which considering his stupid stunt of taunting the police and trying to disappear, is highly likely. Oh dear. He's not going to have a good 22 months with an attitude like that in prison. :)
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