A jury found the five, now aged between 12 and 14, guilty of manslaughter and violent disorder. They cried as the verdicts were given, clinging to their mothers.
Diddums. Why were their mothers to hand?
However, it can now be revealed that during their trial, during which they were accompanied by a parent in the dock, the five had to be warned about their unruly conduct.
Warned? While on trial. Where is that key? - I wish to throw it away.
Judge Warwick McKinnon was forced to order the parents to keep the boys under control after complaints from court staff about their behaviour.12 years too late, methinks.
Two of them had been seen hanging out of windows and the behaviour had been causing court staff "concern or worry".
If they want to be hung outside of a window, I am sure a queue will rapidly from to assist them. I am sure someone will also have the presence of mind to bring a rope or two or point out a nearby lamp-post.
On trial were two brothers, aged 12 and 13, and three boys aged 14. Because of their age the judge and barristers did not wear wigs and gowns for the case.
Appeasement. This is just "modernist" pandering. Familiarity breeds contempt. No wonder criminals scoff at the law. What do they think it is - a visit to
Margaret Hodge the nit lady?
Only one of the 14-year-olds gave evidence at the trial, admitting that he spat at Mr Norton and that it was "stupid", "revolting" and "appalling".
Yeh yeh yeh. Bit late now, sonny jim.
He said he was only throwing stones to try to knock over stumps and wreck the cricket game, for a "bit of fun".If anyone believes that, I have some tempting shares in a jelly mine, if you are interested - we have just struck a seam of raspberry.
The boys had ended up at the leisure centre, he said, because there was "nothing else to do".
In the words of the Great Bard: bullshit! "Nothing to do" is not an excuse. Bored people are bored because they are boring, not because there is "nothing to do". Being bored is no excuse for violence, intimidation or criminality.
Judge Warwick McKinnon was forced to apply new bail conditions in the middle of the trial after their antics were reported to him by worried staff.
He told the court: "It has been brought to my attention that the defendants are wandering around unaccompanied and conducting themselves in
the same way they have been all their misrerable livessuch a way that staff members are worried that they may well get up to mischief."
And their parents were supposed to be there...oh, forgot, feral yoof. Parents in body, but not spirit, maybe.
He ordered that they should be accompanied by an appropriate adult or solicitor while in the precincts of the court.
How about being raised by an appropriate adult?
During the trial, one of the
scrotes14-year-olds had fallen asleep in the dock after a long night on his PS3.
Nicholas Valios QC, defending the youngest boy, had urged the jury not to be swayed by the
genuinepublic concern over gang culture. He preposterouslyclaimed the boys were not a "gang of anti-social youths", as he said the prosecution had sought to portray them but a gang of anti-social feral scumbags.
"Every day one has read something about gangs of people killing innocent others, people kicked or knifed to death or shot dead by youths who have been terrorising estates. That really isn't this case," Mr Valios said.No, they used rocks instead.
The five were remanded on bail pendingI want to know how much Taxpayers money the State has thrown at and continues to throw at the so-called parents.
being let offfor sentencing on October 19.