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Posted: 8/12/2007 7:47:23 AM EDT
Can you believe this? Found on this link.

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Pair with pepper spray sentenced Aug 10 2007

Chester Chronicle

A COUPLE found guilty of possessing and using pepper spray have escaped prison.

Though the offence carries a maximum 10-year sentence under the Firearms Act, its use for self-defence and widespread ignorance of the law saw them avoid jail.

Chester Magistrates Court was shown CCTV footage of the moment Neil Marchant, 29, used the noxious gas to fend off an attacker outside the Platinum Lounge in Ellesmere Port at 2.25am on April 29. The unknown victim was seen staggering in the road rubbing his eyes.

Marchant later handed the weapon to girlfriend Sally Arcari, 21, who denied knowing what it was - but even unwitting possession is illegal.

Trouble flared when Arcari, of Dorset Place, Newton, was accidently kicked in the stomach at the nightclub's entrance by a man involved in a brawl with security.

Marchant, of Fenwick Road, Great Sutton, followed the man outside to confront him. After being pushed, he reached into his pocket and squirted the spray in his eyes before walking away.

Arcari and Marchant were traced by police to a Shell service station in Ellesmere Port, where he was arrested.

Prosecuting, Sue Gibson said: 'Arcari asked a shop assistant 'do you think I will get arrested for having hold of this?'

'She asked for a taxi to be called and put it back into her top.'

The assistant alerted police when Arcari left and she was discovered outside Blacon Police Station at 4.20am, when she told officers she had thrown the cannister into nearby bushes.

Marchant was sold the cannister for £8 by a man in a pub after telling him he feared for his safety.

Defending, Paul Abraham said: 'He found himself - as many members of the public would - in a state of blind ignor ance.'

Marchant received a six-month suspended sentence and must complete 200 hours of unpaid work, while Arcari was given 80 hours of unpaid work.

The pair must pay £60 each in costs.

Link Posted: 8/12/2007 11:44:01 AM EDT
I love how they call the attacker the victim, and that upon relaying the story to a gas station worker, he calls the police ON THEM. I also notice there's no mention of whether or not the "victim" (attacker) got into trouble.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 2:33:56 PM EDT
Vito in 5, 4, 3, 2.........
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 2:38:25 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Grunteled:
Vito in 5, 4, 3, 2.........
He can't post here for the time being. The MoD said so. New law or rule or something.
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 2:41:17 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/12/2007 2:41:59 PM EDT by learath]

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
Wait a second. Is it me, or did ignorance of the law allow them to not go to jail?

And how bad is that, that they have to say "escape prison" like a jail break or something.

Jesus. The US in ten years boys. Pay attention.

I take it you missed the news on ASBOs (IIRC)?
The UK "police" (I'm not sure they're actually police any more) can now hand out these orders when they deem it "more likely to have a good result" for offenses up to and including murder. They do not involve jail time or fines as I understand it.

ETA: I do not believe the crime of self defense is covered, anyone from the UK who can clarify?
Link Posted: 8/12/2007 5:03:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
Wait a second. Is it me, or did ignorance of the law allow them to not go to jail?

"Hold on officer. No one told me I wasn't allowed to murder prostitutes! I hadn't a clue!"
Link Posted: 8/14/2007 10:04:08 AM EDT

Well when they have Sharia law they'll at least have self-defense again.

I am so glad my family left England in 1647 and fought in the Revolution to free this nation from its rule.

I'm glad I'm a citizen rather than a subject. There is a BIG difference.
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