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, March 17, 2010

Fresh Eire

To return to the case of our two Irish thieves; the defendants were unrepresented and they gave evidence, one after the other, of how they had bought the property in question in a pub, ten minutes before the police stopped them, and that the seller was a fella called Sean, but they didn't know his other name. Sean didn't sound like much of a businessman, as he had sold them £2500 worth of stuff for £70 cash "because he needed some more cash for a drink". Both men punctuated their evidence with "so I did" and "so he was" and when we retired the first thing one of my colleagues said was "They're guilty, so they are".