The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Wednesday, April 06, 2005


We had a local alcoholic in for pre-sentence reports the other day. Sober (which is not often) he comes across as an ordinary, well-spoken chap. The incident we were dealing with occurred after he had taken ten cans of strong lager and a bottle of wine, which turned him into a menace. Probation asked us to adjourn further for a psychiatric assessment, which we agreed to. As we bailed him he looked straight at me and said "I have a very strong faith in God, Sir"

I was tempted to advise him to transfer his faith to someone better known in Ealing Broadway.