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Old Aug 4th 2008, 3:01 pm
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'Pub ban' order for wife killer

A judge has told a Glasgow pensioner that stopping him going to the pub was a "more meaningful" sentence than a prison term for killing his wife.

Edward Flaherty, 74, was convicted of strangling 69-year-old Ina Flaherty with a tie after she refused to give him money to go out drinking.

Lord Matthews said Flaherty's dementia made him unsuited to prison.

He imposed a year-long restriction of liberty order which will keep him inside his home during opening hours.

The pensioner will be tagged and banned from leaving his home in the city's Drygate area between 1100 and 2300 BST after being found guilty of culpable homicide.

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Old Aug 4th 2008, 4:53 pm
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'Pub ban' order for wife killer

A judge has told a Glasgow pensioner that stopping him going to the pub was a "more meaningful" sentence than a prison term for killing his wife.

Edward Flaherty, 74, was convicted of strangling 69-year-old Ina Flaherty with a tie after she refused to give him money to go out drinking.

Lord Matthews said Flaherty's dementia made him unsuited to prison.

He imposed a year-long restriction of liberty order which will keep him inside his home during opening hours.

The pensioner will be tagged and banned from leaving his home in the city's Drygate area between 1100 and 2300 BST after being found guilty of culpable homicide.
If he's in such a state of dementia, why live him at home? There's no logic in that. Sounds like the UK version of the Sopranos to me.
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Old Aug 4th 2008, 5:00 pm
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Default Re: It's the "Britain's Most Stupid Judge Award" - and the winner is....

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'Pub ban' order for wife killer

A judge has told a Glasgow pensioner that stopping him going to the pub was a "more meaningful" sentence than a prison term for killing his wife.

Edward Flaherty, 74, was convicted of strangling 69-year-old Ina Flaherty with a tie after she refused to give him money to go out drinking.

Lord Matthews said Flaherty's dementia made him unsuited to prison.

He imposed a year-long restriction of liberty order which will keep him inside his home during opening hours.

The pensioner will be tagged and banned from leaving his home in the city's Drygate area between 1100 and 2300 BST after being found guilty of culpable homicide.
the judge's reasoning is here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/s...st/7540994.stm

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lord Matthews told Flaherty that under normal circumstances he would have been given a prison sentence in double figures.

He said: "I have read and considered a number of reports from experts. It is plain to me that if I were to impose that sort of sentence you would be released in a very short time because prison would not be able to cope with your condition.

"Sentencing you would just be a token gesture. I am anxious to impose a sentence that restricts your liberty.

"You still go to the pub where you went with your wife. That must annoy her relatives.

"Not being able to go there will be a more meaningful disposal than a prison sentence which will not last long."
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Default Re: It's the "Britain's Most Stupid Judge Award" - and the winner is....

I just wanted to submit this for an award as well: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/m.../03/do0307.xml
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I just wanted to submit this for an award as well: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/m.../03/do0307.xml
jesus, poor bastards eh? they've been done right over there.
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I just wanted to submit this for an award as well: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/m.../03/do0307.xml
DON'T GET ME STARTED ON THE EU COMMON FISHERIES POLICY......

Just go and buy the book by the author of that article (Christopher Booker) and Richard North (also mentioned in the article).

It's called 'The Great Deception'.........

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'Pub ban' order for wife killer

A judge has told a Glasgow pensioner that stopping him going to the pub was a "more meaningful" sentence than a prison term for killing his wife.

Edward Flaherty, 74, was convicted of strangling 69-year-old Ina Flaherty with a tie after she refused to give him money to go out drinking.

Lord Matthews said Flaherty's dementia made him unsuited to prison.

He imposed a year-long restriction of liberty order which will keep him inside his home during opening hours.

The pensioner will be tagged and banned from leaving his home in the city's Drygate area between 1100 and 2300 BST after being found guilty of culpable homicide.
Judge was probably taking into account the fact that he had already done 2 life sentences
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Alcohol is supposed to kill brain cells, not wives.

During the trial the jury heard that the Glasgow pensioner could not remember strangling his wife after she refused to give him money to go to the pub.

This man obviously needs treatment for his mental health condition including dementia, but it is also vital that the public is properly protected. He no doubt needs to be institutionalised.

The sentence is also daft because if the man has dementia he won't remember that he is tagged..and will saunter down to his local pub. Anyone that breaks the tagging rule ends up in prison...so he will be locked up anyway.

Another Glasgow judge has just sentenced two Weegies to a minimum 35 years each for the murder of a 21-year-old Glasgow man, marking what is thought to be the longest-ever prison term handed out by a Scottish court.
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Default Re: It's the "Britain's Most Stupid Judge Award" - and the winner is....

Originally Posted by The Dean View Post
DON'T GET ME STARTED ON THE EU COMMON FISHERIES POLICY......

Just go and buy the book by the author of that article (Christopher Booker) and Richard North (also mentioned in the article).

It's called 'The Great Deception'.........

Warning: Boiling blood is not good for your peace of mind........
summarise it for me...
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Alcohol is supposed to kill brain cells, not wives.

During the trial the jury heard that the Glasgow pensioner could not remember strangling his wife after she refused to give him money to go to the pub.

This man obviously needs treatment for his mental health condition including dementia, but it is also vital that the public is properly protected. He no doubt needs to be institutionalised.

The sentence is also daft because if the man has dementia he won't remember that he is tagged..and will saunter down to his local pub. Anyone that breaks the tagging rule ends up in prison...so he will be locked up anyway.

Another Glasgow judge has just sentenced two Weegies to a minimum 35 years each for the murder of a 21-year-old Glasgow man, marking what is thought to be the longest-ever prison term handed out by a Scottish court.
jaysus that is a long sentence, saying that, a lot of people get 8 years or so for murder, and thats not on at all.
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so now the old bastard has to walk all the way to the off-license instead,and have his mates round the house.i can see how that is a severe punishment for knocking off your wife.
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so now the old bastard has to walk all the way to the off-license instead,and have his mates round the house.i can see how that is a severe punishment for knocking off your wife.
(are you listening SF?)
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Haha, with that sentence we will see the old "Assasin" job flourish again between those pensioners. They can just say we don't remember.
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(are you listening SF?)
He never listens Spugs!!....i will start stocking up on the drink now!
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