Egg thrower sent to prison - dart thrower gets off scot free

31ST JULY 2010: THERE'S one law for the 'Old Gang' politicians and another for the 'new kids on the block' - the British National Party.

Back in March, the Crown Prosecution Service refused to prosecute those involved in a vicious attack on two British National Party MEPs on College Green just outside the Houses of Parliament.

During the scenes of violence Nick Griffin and Andrew Brons were pelted with eggs and had darts thrown at them. Two attackers were clearly seen on film throwing the missiles and the footage was broadcast on satellite television.

Despite the ample and crystal clear video and photographic evidence, the CPS told the police that there was insufficient evidence to secure a prosecution.

At the time, Nick Griffin said he was appalled with the decision.

"The Westminster Serious Crimes Unit have been very thorough in their investigation and amassed an overwhelming case.

"The video clearly shows darts being hurled. If that does not constitute assault with a weapon, then nothing does.

"The CPS decision is in effect an invitation to anti-democratic thugs to commit acts of serious violence in public, safe in the knowledge that even if they are filmed doing so, they will be protected by the CPS.

"The decision will prove to the public that the establishment is ganging up on the BNP and is even prepared to condone acts of violence," he said.

Now compare that decision of the CPS to the outcome of a similar attack, this time on the now chairman of the Conservative Party Baroness Warsi.

Just as with the incident at College Green, Baroness Warsi was pelted with eggs by her political opponents, this time during a walkabout in Luton. At least three eggs were hurled at the high-profile champion of Muslim women's rights, one of which broke on her face, soiling her hair and jacket.

Unlike College Green no darts were hurled at the Baroness.

Yet this time the CPS decided they could prosecute and the culprit was found using TV footage. 

This week, Gavin Reid was found guilty of an offence under the Public Order Act yesterday at the City of Westminster Magistrates Court in London and sent to prison for six weeks. 

Sentencing, District Judge Elizabeth-Roscoe said:

"Throwing eggs goes beyond legitimate political protest and is quite clearly disorderly behaviour, and it is also threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour."

Just imagine what the judge would have said and what the sentence would have been for someone convicted of hurling darts rather than eggs!

The CPS's decision not to prosecute was a scandal. It was clearly politically motivated and does a disservice to the British criminal justice system.

 

 

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