Monday, 1 August 2011
(A) At Arbroath Sheriff Court last week a 32-year-old man, appearing from custody, admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner and threatening a custodial services officer at the court's holding cells. The individual had knocked over his cup of tea and reportedly turned abusive when he was told it would not be replaced. He also admitted the offence was committed while on bail.
(B) Hundreds of miles away in Colwyn Bay, Wales, a pub landlady displayed handmade 'No Smoking' notices in her premises. Maybe they weren't as smart as the one above - which is acceptable in the US and sold on US websites - but the message would have been clear.
Which event created a large fine - A or B?
A - The offender was admonished as the Sheriff stated it 'was a storm in a teacup'.
B - The landlady was fined nearly £300 because her notices did not comply with regulations.
Is it any wonder the public have such little faith in the justice systems, both in England and Scotland.