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sparklelard
30th January 2007, 08:46
Stuff putting paedofiles in jail. Lets send peace campaigners to jail for not paying a £50.00 fine!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/humber/6312331.stm



Campaigner jailed amid prison row

A peace campaigning grandmother was jailed for not paying a £50 fine despite a controversy over prison overcrowding.

Lindis Percy, 64, served almost half of a seven-day sentence handed out by Harrogate magistrates on Friday.

Last week Home Secretary Dr John Reid wrote to judges asking them to imprison only the most dangerous offenders.

Mrs Percy, of Hull, was originally arrested last year at the Menwith Hill US base, North Yorkshire.

She was fined £50 for trespassing but refused to pay the penalty.

'Little bit mad'

Mrs Percy, who has been jailed several times before for demonstrating outside American bases, said: "I really do think it would have been more imaginative to think of a more creative resolution to this.

"It must have cost a tremendous amount of money.

"I can't help thinking there are people out there who are more deserving of being in prison.

"I think the world has gone a little bit mad."

She added that during her stay at Low Newton prison, in Co Durham, she had read three books and earned £1.83 by doing various tasks.

Mrs Percy has been arrested on dozens of occasions around the UK, including on the gates of Buckingham Palace in 2003.

She also confronted former US president George Bush about his son's foreign policy when he visited the Yorkshire Event Centre last year. Dr Reid defended his position last week and denied encouraging softer sentences for criminals to ease prison overcrowding. He said he was merely re-stating existing guidelines and serious offenders should still be locked up.

threaded
30th January 2007, 08:56
I would suggest some introductory book to common law, then you will see how the wilful non-payment of even a small fine is pretty much the worst thing you can do.

Do you know an awful lot of women in prison are there because of events starting from the non-payment of the TV license...

ImNotFromIndia
30th January 2007, 09:57
Yeah but peados don't owe HMRC any money!!!! :D