It’s a curious thing, isn’t it? No matter how disjointed, incompetent or dysfunctional the judicial system becomes, there is always scope for things to get even worse:
Britain’s first trial without a jury descended into chaos after Peter Blake, accused of taking part in a £1.75 million armed hold-up at a Heathrow warehouse, went on the run.
I think the Times sums it up beautifully here. Please note that I am not making this up:
It is believed that Mr Blake, 57, who was seen waiting for the trial to restart, simply left the building. He was on bail and so was not subject to any formal security.
I think I speak for us all when I say: “What?”
This man is allegedly so very dangerous that we’ve had to discard centuries of the right to a jury and he was just able to walk out of the court. Nobody was even keeping half an eye on him?
Do you know, I don’t believe I can carry on without descending into spluttering obscenity and frothing at the mouth. So I think I’ll just stop there.