Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Jack Tweed Deserves More Than Six Weeks

Jack Tweed has the cheek of the devil. Today he was sentenced for 12 weeks for beating up a defenceless taxi driver. The driver had had the temerity to ask him to prepay a fare. The judge in the case made clear that Tweed had been treated more leniently than usual because of what he described as "recent events", referring to the death of his wife, Jade Goody.

Depending on good behavious, Tweed will be out in less than 6 weeks, yet he intends to appeal the sentence because he feels he has been treated more harshly than he would have been if he hadn't been famous. What does he think he should have been sentenced to? A few nights in Butlins?

In football, if a player appeals against a sending off and the tribunal finds against them they can increase the punishment. I'm not sure whether that is possible in a normal court. If I were the judge I'd increase the sentence to at least six months (actually, maybe he'd get the message if it was six years) on the basis that his appeal is vexatious.

19 comments:

bewick said...

Iain
I am pretty sure that it IS possible to increase a sentence on appeal.

Guthrum said...

Who is Jack Tweed ??

Rab C. Nesbitt said...

Marrying that hag was surely punishment enough.

Lady Finchley said...

A thug is a thug is a thug. Even if he is St Jade's widower.

JuliaM said...

"Marrying that hag was surely punishment enough."Didn't serve the full sentence there either...

JuliaM said...

Arrgh! This thing with the 'Enter' key is driving me insane...!

Roger Thornhill said...

This is what happens when you indulge infants.

He should be exiled to the naughty steppe.

Simon Gardner said...

“In football, if a player appeals against a sending off and the tribunal finds against them they can increase the punishment. I'm not sure whether that is possible in a normal court.”

IANAL but I believe that these days on appeal - yes.

Martin Day said...

Two words:

Lord Ahmed!

He served just a fortnight before he was let out of the clink after being involved in a road traffic accident with a death.

Labour = Soft on Sentencing.

Conand said...

Roger Thornhill said...

'He should be exiled to the naughty steppe.'

As in Siberia?

@Martin Day

Neither of these judicial decisions gives people much faith in the CJS. Not that anybody has had much faith in it for a decade, just sayin'.
So the new message from the 'powers that be' is: If you marry somebody famous, people don't really mind you beating people up.

Great!

Thatsnews said...

Yes, bewick is right. There have been cases of sentencing appeals going badly from the point of view of the appellant, when the judges or the Law Lords have increased the sentence.

Yes, most people are sorry for fact that Tweedy lost his wife, but most people will feel sympathy for the poor taxi driver who was assaulted and, apparently, threatened with being stabbed.

Tweedy story Herald SunOddly enough there's a Google Advert on the page offering the latest updates on the condition of Jade's health. Idiots should change their Adword campaign, I think...

Paul Halsall said...

It's kind of odd that Tweed is going to jail when people who have caused much more loss and harm - Fred Goodwin and all those city boys - are getting no hard time.

Given how cute Jack is, his ability to fight back may be useful in jail.

[And PS: Goody was no more a slag than all those people - male and female - who hang around Wills and Harry. ]

Rightwinggit said...

Wonder if he's had test on his dicky?

jailhouselawyer said...

Give the lad a break! It was a cruel and unusual punishment being married to Jade Goody...

Lexander said...

Methinks he can look forward to a few good hidings in jug. They will not be aged taxi drivers either.

anonaLon said...

In a Magistrate's Court, it's usually the Clerk of the Court who tells the JP's what the sentence should be. In reality, they have no sentencing power. Why anyone would want to do this banal chore is beyond me.

King Athelstan said...

Having Tweeds lawyer appesr on TV claiming He was treated more harshly because of who He was really made Me want to puke, if He doesn't like prison He should clean his act up.

Unsworth said...

Yep, the best justice that money can buy.

Helen Romeo said...

True, a thug's a thug. But, hey, Kate Moss gets whopper contracts post-coke-snorting incidents, and Peter Docherty's still at liberty to be a living, breathing (OK, barely!) ambassador of drug culture. So, it's OK to do drugs and beat people up if you're famous/rich/good-looking (or even a wannabe to the above triptych?). C.f. also Britney Spears and Amy Winehouse...as in, it's OK to be messed-up, too...
Labour's "doo-good"-er policies have convicted the Yoof of today to self-annihilation, all captured on the front pages of 'Hello' and liberally rewarded with filthy lucre. Personally, I just pray it's all in the past by the time my children are of impressionable age...heralding a return to respect and dignity, bucolic village rectories and parochial old English villages...(a la David Cameron...)...the kind of England expats dream of...PLEASY PLEASE?!!