Monday, 12 October 2009

"Local Dumb Guy is Innocent!"

As I mentioned, I was back in the Cotswold countryside this weekend. I'm a great fan of local newspapers and the Wilts and Glos Standard is no exception. Where else would you get a story like this?

This was either a particularly original cry for help or the act of someone too stupid to be prosecuted. I feel like hanging a banner from one of the bridges on the by-pass: "Local Dumb Guy is Innocent!"

10 comments:

Brit said...

Blimey, who knew you could get done for 'attempted possession'?

Nazis!

Gaw said...

I'm sure someone with a philosophical training would have a ball with this situation. Perhaps he could call a professor of analytical philosophy as an expert witness?

Bunny Smedley said...

A friend of mine once approached a policeman in Leicester Square, in order to complain that the cannabis he had been sold by someone in Soho had turned out to be nothing but tobacco, wood shavings and possibly a bit of peat for good measure. He thought he might have some sort of case under the trade descriptions act. The policeman thought probably not.

The friend now a very successful corporate lawyer, which proves something I guess.

Gaw said...

I'm afraid this has confirmed some of my prejudices about corporate lawyers. Now, if he was a future banker he would have kept schtum and sold it on. This would not have made him a better person, I hasten to add.

Sean said...

The officer probably thought it was an easy stat to chalk up in the plus column.

Who is the dumbest here then Rag? The idiot, the police or the CPS?

Gaw said...

Good point Sean. I guess I don't notice the idiocy of plod any more. It's just like the weather.

Mind you, we mustn't leave the legislators out of this as they're the ones who must have come up with this excellently baffling law. I'm still trying to figure it out.

Does it in fact prosecute defendants for a form of thought crime? If you believe it is a drug but it isn't you will nevertheless be prosecuted for that belief.

By extension, if I believe my remote control is an Uzi could I be prosecuted for 'attempted possession' of a banned firearm?

Brit said...

Is it perhaps illegal to arrange any form of white powder in a line?

Gaw said...

I'm not so sure, Brit. I think the key may be belief. Perhaps if I believed a piece of coal was cocaine I could get arrested.

worm said...

gutted!

I was in the Cotswolds this weekend too! And very nice they were looking, even in the drizzle. Not much cocaine to be seen in the Barringtons though.

Gaw said...

It was clear as bell on Saturday - beautiful enough to bring tears to one's overly hospitalised eyes.