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September 27, 2006

Exile, Eh?

How wonderful. We've reintroduced the concept of exile into English law:

A MAN has been banned from his home town for ten years after terrorising its residents for the past three decades.

Mark Bowkett, 40, described by police as the “Scourge of Lydney”, was expelled from the town and the surrounding areas as part of an antisocial behaviour order made at Gloucestershire Magistrates’ Court. It has left him homeless and separated him from his wife and seven children.

A hosanna of praise to St. Tone is in order, don't you think? Such an advance in freedom, liberty and civilization.

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I'm continually surprised that the concept of Transportation hasn't yet been revived as a form of judicial retribution prescribed by Blair in a final endeavour to curb the rising trend in violent crime. But then I reflect on the downstream consequences that are still with us from the last time Transportation was applied in judicial sentences.

Posted by: Bob B | Sep 27, 2006 12:22:02 PM

"The order was granted after behaviour that brought him an average of two criminal convictions a year since 1977"

Well, it certainly seems as though the usual methods of correcting behaviour (prison, fines, etc) just weren't working. So the ASBO may well be draconian and illiberal, but I suspect his neighbours are very happy to see it implimented so they can get some much needed peace....

Posted by: JuliaM | Sep 27, 2006 12:26:16 PM

Julia - don't you think it shows how pitiful the justice system is that he could be convicted twice a year and yet still terrorise the area?

Good advertisment for 3 strikes and you're out (10 years + jail time) to me.

Anyway you seem to think jail is for "correcting behaviour" flagging yourself up as classic wet liberal. Prison is a punishment, nothing else.

Finally on the basis of your final paragraph I should be able to shoot a neighbour as although it's "draconian and illiberal" it'd be nice to get some peace...

Posted by: Nothern Monkey | Sep 27, 2006 12:37:57 PM

It absolutely shows how pitiful the justice system is - do you think if the judge had sent him away for life on his third offence, we wouldn't be deafened by the squealing of the professional grievance-mongers in the justice system?

They are aready starting to raise cain about ASBOs, even though they have been brought in precisely because the justice system has failed so miserably at curbing the kind of low-level nuisance behaviour he typified.

"Anyway you seem to think jail is for "correcting behaviour" flagging yourself up as classic wet liberal."

Punishment is meant to correct behaviour - "don't do it again!"

And as for me being a wet liberal, well, you couldn't be more wrong.

Posted by: JuliaM | Sep 27, 2006 2:26:11 PM

If we reintroduced outlawery as well, the fucker wouldn't have reached 40.

Posted by: dearieme | Sep 27, 2006 4:24:31 PM

So he gets banned from his own town to cause trouble elsewhere. This is nimbyism taken to new heights of selfishness. I hope the magistrates in my home town of Manchester are next to adopt this practice. Places like Lydney won't know what's hit them.

Posted by: pete | Sep 27, 2006 4:35:53 PM

Could you stop using the word "liberal" perjoratively please?

Posted by: Kay Tie | Sep 28, 2006 2:38:51 AM

You mean perjoratively in the same many people use the phrase "right wing"?

Posted by: Pyro | Oct 17, 2006 8:14:02 PM