Thursday, February 07, 2008
This lady is shortly to appear before a judge and jury at the Crown Court. On the face of it this seems a bit of a sledgehammer-to-crack-a-nut position (and it is) but that's what happens when you charge someone with an either-way offence and they exercise their right to elect jury trial. Somebody senior needs to have a look at this, with the word 'proportionate' firmly in mind.
If the prosecution (possibly not the CPS, maybe the local authority) go ahead the jury may well give a silly answer to a silly question.
At home we toss our apple cores on to the lawn for the birds - they are usually gone in 15 minutes.