Can someone shed more light on the case of the Newcastle horsepuncher?
I am notoriously liberal on penal matters but found the one-year jail sentence a wholly excessive punishment, an example of what I have taken to calling tabloid justice.
It doesn’t mean I have any real sympathy for this unlikeable character. Nor would I if the circumstances been reversed and he was a Mackem laying into the horse.
But leaving aside the risk it could have ended in a more serious incident, we have here a drunken lowlife who punches but does not hurt a police horse. If he deserves a year, the cretins who beat up the Bigg Market will presumably be going inside for life.
Here below is the BBC report. I don;t imagine Judge Paul Sloan will be along any time soon to explain the sort of custodial sentence his confreres and consoeurs do not always impose on far greater menaces to society (though I do recall the utterly disproportionate punishments meted out for the most trivial of offences after the riots of 2011).
But if YOU know more about what might justify the sentence, please put me right:
The Newcastle United fan who punched a police horse when trouble flared following his side’s defeat to Sunderland has been jailed for a year.
Barry Rogerson, 45, from Bedlington, Northumberland, squared up to Bud, from West Yorkshire’s mounted section, while wearing a scarf over his face.
Almost 100 Newcastle fans were charged following clashes with police after the game at St James’ Park.
Rogerson pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to violent disorder.
He was also given a six-year football banning order.
The judge, Judge Paul Sloan QC, said Rogerson had “had plenty of opportunities to move away [from the horse]”.
Bud the horse Police horse Bud was not hurt in the attack
He added: “You stood your ground and attacked the horse by punching it in the head.
“There was a risk of serious injury, the officer could easily have been thrown from the horse and could have sustained serious injury.”
The horse was not hurt in the attack in April.
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