Archive for November 2nd, 2010

Prisoner votes: killer John Hirst celebrates with ‘champagne and a spliff’

The Telegraph

The UK government says it will comply with the ECHR judgment – but the decision, judging by twitter and media responses, is not popular.

John Hirst celebrated with a video last night.  The irony is that his *crowing* in the video may irritate some and trivialise and demean the issue.

I suspect that the Prime Minister will have to consider more engagement with Hirst….given this tweet from @jailhouselawyer (John Hirst) tonight. ?

You may find the podcast I did with Carl Gardner of some interest.

And.. while we are on the subject of unpleasant behaviour – although this is serious if proven…

The Guardian reports tonight…..

Mark Saunders officer ‘planted song titles’ in evidence

• Firearms officer used song titles in inquest evidence
• Marksman may have fired shot that killed Mark Saunders
• Songs included Enough is Enough and Point of No Return

A Metropolitan police firearms officer who may have fired the shot that killed barrister Mark Saunders has been removed from firearms duty after allegedly inserting song titles into his oral evidence at the dead man’s inquest.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it is investigating the unnamed officer, who gave evidence as Alpha Zulu 8 or AZ8, after it emerged that he had been reprimanded by his superior shortly after giving evidence on 27 September.

Saunders was shot dead by firearms officers in May 2008, following a five-hour armed standoff at his flat in Chelsea, west London. Last month a jury at Westminster crown court ruled that the barrister, who was an alcoholic and armed with a 12-bore shotgun during the siege, had been killed lawfully.

The inquest heard that AZ8, who was stationed on an adjoining conservatory rooftop was one of two officers who may have fired the fatal shot.

An examination of the transcript shows that evidence given by AZ8 contained a number of phrases which are also the titles of songs, including Enough is Enough by Donna Summer, Point of No Return by Buzzcocks, Line of Fire by Journey, Quiet Moments by Chris de Burgh, Kicking Myself by As Tall As Lions and Fuck My Old Boots by the Membranes.

Sources close to the Metropolitan police commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, said he was “furious” that anyone could show such “insensitivity and lack of judgment” during the high-profile hearing.

Full story….

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