A pensioner was killed after a couple used a policeman friend to trace him and then attacked his home in a dispute over a supermarket parking space, a jury was told yesterday.
Bernard Gilbert, 79, died of a heart attack after a brick was thrown through his window.
The former Rolls-Royce worker became a target when he shouted at Zoe Forbes, 26, because she parked her car in a space he had earmarked for himself at a branch of Asda, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
Mrs Forbes was upset and called her husband Mark, who told her to note down Mr Gilbert’s numberplate. He then asked a policeman friend to check Mr Gilbert’s address on the police national computer, using the car registration number.
Mr Forbes sent his wife a text message reading: “We’ll smash his car to bits and then his hire car and then whatever he gets after that until he dies.”
One wonders about the mental stability of the kind of arsehole that decides that this course of action is in any way proportionate. Or, indeed, even reasonable in any way whatso-fucking-ever. Seriously, just as I think that my general opinion of humanity couldn't get any lower, I find yet another tale to feed my contempt.
Remember, as Samizdata point out, if you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear. Unless, of course, you happen to shout at someone for pinching your parking space.
However, there is something missing from this report, and it concerns this paragraph.
He then asked a policeman friend to check Mr Gilbert’s address on the police national computer, using the car registration number.
Is the "policeman friend" in court as an accessory? If not, why not? Has this policeman lost his job and is he being prosecuted?
We all know what happens to bent coppers and the very worst that this guy could expect is to "be retired" on full pension. The police are so routinely corrupt that it barely matters: it's just another fucking hideously corrupt copper who happens to have been discovered, that's all.
Fucking hell, this country is such a fucking shithole. Oh, and for the enlightenment of any coppers reading this, here are the nine Peelian Principles of policing.
- The basic mission for which the police exist is to prevent crime and disorder.
- The ability of the police to perform their duties is dependent upon the public approval of police actions.
- Police must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public.
- The degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.
- Police seek and preserve public favor not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law.
- Police use physical force to the extent necessary to secure observance of the law or to restore order only when the exercise of persuasion, advice, and warning is found to be insufficient.
- Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
- Police should always direct their action strictly towards their functions, and never appear to usurp the powers of the judiciary.
- The test of police efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.
There, that's how you should be doing your job. The next copper to turn around and say that the corruption endemic in the police force is all the government's fault gets a prize of a punch in the fucking face.