Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Monday, October 06, 2003

England: Defend a Loved One, Go to Jail

Submitted without comment (for now):
Teenager jailed for knife attack

A TEENAGER who slit the throat of his mother's violent lover was today starting a two-and-a-half year prison sentence.

One of Alex Court's jugular veins was cut when 18-year-old Benjamin Gunton sliced open his neck with a knife.

He had turned on Mr Court, 37, who had numerous convictions for violence, after seeing him attack his mother, Norwich Crown Court heard yesterday.

Gunton, of Chestnut Court, Norwich, was sent to a young offenders' institutions for 30 months after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Passing sentence, recorder Alistair Wilson, QC, said: “The cut to his throat could well have killed him.

“It opened one of his jugular veins, but fortunately he survived. It is obvious this was as serious an assault as one can possibly imagine.”

Prosecutor Jonathan Seely said at the time Gunton, his four siblings, his mother Sheryl Barber and Mr Court were living in three rooms at the Sandcastle Hotel in Great Yarmouth.

On February 2 Gunton, who had been drinking for most of the day, was told by other residents that Mr Court was attacking his mother in their room.

When Gunton went into the room, Mr Court was hitting his mother across the face and had her pinned her on the bed.

Mr Court then moved towards him and Gunton said he feared he was about to be attacked too, so he used a knife to inflict a 10cm cut to Mr Court's neck.

Mr Court lost a lot of blood at the scene and was taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

He underwent an operation on his severed external jugular vein and his wounds were stitched and stapled. He was in hospital for three days.

Luke Brown, for Gunton, said he has a difficult family background and had witnessed his mother being abused by previous partners.

He added Mr Court had numerous previous convictions for violence and was acting aggressively when he was attacked.

The court was told Gunton's previous offending involved dishonesty in order to feed a £60 a week heroin habit he had when he was young, but he had since weaned himself off drugs.
OK, ONE comment: This is JUSTICE?


UPDATE:  As of August 6, 2013, due to the herculean efforts of reader John Hardin, the original JS-Kit/Echo comment thread for this post (read-only) is available here.

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