or The British "Justice System" Strikes Again!
(Via Acidman, who put it: "A Clockwork Orange lives in England today." Amen.)
I'll buy houses and a flash car, says yob awarded £567,000Right! Now I'm in the big-leagues, and I can do stupid BIG things 'cuz I can afford a flash barrister to get me off, like!
By Peter Zimonjic
A teenage criminal who received £567,000 in compensation after falling through a roof while trespassing boasted about his wealth yesterday, saying that he was looking forward to buying "a few houses and a flash car".
Carl Murphy, 18, got the payout last week, nine years after being injured in a 40ft fall at a warehouse in Bootle docks, near Liverpool, prompting angry protests from crime victims and politicians.
In his first public interview since receiving the award, Murphy - who has convictions for robbery, burglary and assault - said that he did not care about the response.
"I deserve this money and I don't care what anybody says about me," he said. "I'm going to buy a big house so I have a place to live with me mum when she gets out of jail. I might buy a few houses - I'll buy whatever I want." He added: "The papers just call me a yob and a thug because I've been done for robbery and assault but those were just silly stupid little things, like.
"I want to spend my money the way I want without people interfering and I want to have a prosperous future.More like "prosperous 15 minutes.
"I want to take my mates to Liverpool games and get a flash car. This money is mine now and I'll do what I want. I don't care about anyone or what they have to say about it."Which is more than the State does for the other residents of the area. If they "stand up" the State would knock them down, and they know it.
Murphy received his compensation after suing the company that owned the warehouse. He claimed that if the perimeter fence had not been in disrepair he would not have been able to gain entry and suffer his injuries.
He is now partially blinded in his left eye and has 17 metal plates in his skull as a result of the fall. He also claims that the incident has caused him to suffer from behavioural problems. "It annoys me that people think I don't deserve this money after all I've been through," he said. "I'm going to spend my money on whatever I want and everyone who called me 'Tin Head' can go get stuffed."
Residents of Bootle, where Murphy lives, said that they were too scared to speak publicly about the case but privately described him as the area "king yob".
One said: "He shaves his head so we can all see the scars. He likes to walk around and play the big man.
"I've seen him yelling abuse at the shopkeepers, telling them how he is going to buy the shop with his compensation money and throw them out.
"He is a villain around here. Everybody knows him but no one wants to confront him. He has a big family and they all stand up for each other."
In November last year, Murphy's mother Diane and her partner Kevin Parsons, both 36, were jailed for three years for dealing in crack cocaine and heroin from their council house in Bellini Close.Well! The Crown Prosecution Service was good for something after all!
A police spokesman said: "Diane Murphy was using the home to distribute Class A drugs which was bringing a large criminal element into the suburb.But don't, apparently, stop any of this behavior.
"Residents in the area are intimidated. Crime is happening on their doorstep. People like Diane Murphy and others who sell drugs disrupt the decent people who live there."
Police describe the area around Bellini Close as a "hotbed for anti-social behaviour, street-level crime and the distribution of Class A drugs". Several buildings are boarded up and vandalised - and gangs of teenagers wearing shell suits and trainers walk up and down the street shouting and drinking alcohol in the early daytime. Police make regular rounds.
Since Murphy's mother was jailed, he has lived with his grandmother, Barbara Murphy, who keeps a rottweiler in her home on nearby Church Grove.Kill himself. Or someone else.
She said: "He never finished school because the teachers couldn't control him. He was a nice boy before the accident but ever since the injuries he has been difficult to control. He needs this money. That is him for life now. What is he going to do without it?"
She said that Murphy does not work or attend school. Neighbours say that they see him drinking in the park with friends on most evenings or hanging around a local cafe.I find this somewhat... repugnant. "Sorry about your child. Here's your cheque."
The payout has been condemned by charities, which point out that victims of crime receive far less under the Government's criminal injuries compensation scheme.
The parents of James Bulger received just £7,500 following his murder, and the family of Damilola Taylor received £10,000 following his murder.
Clive Elliott, the director of the Victims of Crime Trust, said: "All rights to compensation should cease the moment a person breaks the law, in this case trespassing.A nine year-old goes and trespasses, climbs around on the roof of a warehouse, falls and damned near kills himself - but it's somebody else's fault. Yes, I imagine it is. Like his mother's fault. You know, the mother that's in jail right now? Sheesh.
"Wrongdoers think they are beyond the law - and in this case they have shown they can become quite well off by breaking it."