Lori Clayton, 23, struck policeman’s head with a glass bottle, whilst drunk. Suspended sentence.

Our thanks to Keith for this. An excerpt:

In plain clothes but on duty that night, the officer started shouting that he was a police officer and waving his baton.

CCTV footage played to the court showed Clayton running across the road “as fast as her footwear would allow” to attack the officer before striking him on the head.

Prosecutor Richard Herrmann told Teesside Crown Court today: “He said was hit with such a significant blow that he thought he had been struck with a metal bar.”

Another:

Clayton, of Harton Avenue in Billingham , had drunk two bottles of rose wine while socialising with friends that night, the court heard.

Defending, Eric Watson said she immediately told officers that she had not realised the man she attacked was a policeman.

So her defence was that she thought she’d attacked a man – by definition, a sub-human – with a glass bottle, not a policeman. Final excerpt:

Judge Howard Crowson accepted Clayton may not have realised her victim was a police officer because she was drunk when she inflicted the blow.

And he concluded she was “unlikely” to commit a similar offence, stating a prison sentence for a relatively short time “may do more harm than good”.

“This all happened because you were drunk and people often act in ways they regret when they are drunk,” he told her.

He gave the mum-to-be a 15-month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months.

Drunkenness is evidently a mitigating circumstance, then – if you’re a woman, that is. If you’re a man, it’s an aggravating circumstance, which will lead to harsher pubishment.

About Mike Buchanan

I'm a men's human rights advocate, writer, and publisher. My primary focus is leading the political party I launched in 2013, Justice for Men & Boys (and the women who love them). I still work actively on two campaigns I launched in early 2012, Campaign for Merit in Business and the Anti-Feminism League. In 2014 I launched The Alternative Sexism Project, aiming to raise public understanding that the sexism faced by men and boys has far more grievous consequences than the sexism faced by women and girls.
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4 Responses to Lori Clayton, 23, struck policeman’s head with a glass bottle, whilst drunk. Suspended sentence.

  1. cadburycat says:

    Pregnant as well. The eternal female get out of jail free card.

    I pity the poor child – what life is it going to have, even if born healthy? If she’d drunk two bottles of wine then the baby’s health is likely to be compromised.

    • The incident happened in February, and she’s (allegedly) three months pregnant now. That said, Foetal Alcohol Syndrome is the #1 cause of preventable mental incapacitation across the developed world, and in the UK at least pregnant women can cause this incapacitation to their unborn children, and not be charged of a crime (it’s surely Grievous Bodily Harm). Likewise damage to the unborn child caused by smoking, of course.

  2. epistemol says:

    The clue of course, is in the words ‘mum to be’, as you tacitly acknowledge.
    CC is right in calling it a get out of jail free card – but it’s even more than that.
    It’s a don’t get put in jail in the first place card.

  3. rut ters says:

    You may find this interesting…

    http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/vulnerable-young-mum-avoids-jail-11779307

    It would appear that the courts of Teesside are quite a bastion of equality.

    regards

    John

    On Sat, Aug 20, 2016 at 11:52 AM, Justice for Men & Boys wrote:

    > Mike Buchanan posted: “Our thanks to Keith for this. An excerpt: In plain > clothes but on duty that night, the officer started shouting that he was a > police officer and waving his baton. CCTV footage played to the court > showed Clayton running across the road “as fast as her ” >

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