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, June 29, 2005


Today's Times tells us:-

A 35-year-old Wolverhampton man who ripped the head off his pet parrot told RSPCA officers he should be shot, Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court was told. Paul Pugh, who was allegedly drunk when he killed the bird, was not allowed to enter court as he had been drinking. Another hearing was set for July 18.

It is often obvious that defendants are either drunk or drugged when they come into court, but this one seems to have gone further than most.

I would be very tempted to look for a way of remanding him in custody, perhaps overnight, but my guess is that the RSPCA had applied for a summons, meaning that he was not bailed to the court, so there is no power to lock him up at this stage. It would be nice though, wouldn't it?