A Bodmin teenager who breached her curfew 39 times in 8 days has had it extended by a week as a punishment…Yes. You read that right. She broke the rules, and so her ‘punishment’ is to be given more time to continue breaking the rules in.
And that’s not all.
… but magistrates also agreed to increase the area covered by monitoring equipment.Because sticking to an agreed punishment causes her ‘hardship’. Now, maybe it’s me, but I thought that was the point of a punishment…
Karen Altass, 19, was told she would now be able to go into a communal corridor to use a computer in the multi-occupancy residence in St Nicholas Street.
Altass had explained to the court on Friday that as there was no TV or radio in her room she got bored.Oh. Well, we can’t have that, can we?
She had been sentenced on June 11 after pleading guilty to being drunk and disorderly in St Austell and assaulting PC Martin Easter. The court was told that Altass had been absent from her room during the curfew for a total of 12 hours and 56 minutes between July 6 and July 13. Her excuses given to monitoring agency G4S included being bored and needing to get something to eat, use the computer, go for a walk or visit her friend's flat./facepalm
The solicitor prosecuting on behalf of G4S said that Altass had also "blatantly told G4S that she planned to go out" and had said to the agency that "nothing has happened so far [about past breaches]" .Well, she's got the measure of the justice system, hasn't she? She's no fool. We, clearly, are for paying our taxes to support the likes of her and the barely-functional morons on the bench.
Richard Cogar, for the defence, said that Altass had a frank attitude and had said: "I just can't stay in."That's the best he can do in mitigation?
Extending the curfew until September 10, covering a larger area, and ordering Altass to pay £65 in costs, chairman of the bench Robin Bostock-Smith told her: "You've got to keep to this curfew now."Has she? Why? There aren't any real consequences for not doing so, are there?