Our dimwitted police state
Magic numbers, though saying that, Spiked apparently got the age wrong, instead 41 is quoted in most other sources, The Independent...The Crown Prosecution Service has revealed that every single person prosecuted under the Coronavirus Act, which gives police powers to detain ‘potentially infectious’ people, was wrongfully charged. What’s more, 12 people charged under the Health Protection (Coronavirus) Regulations, brought in to enforce the lockdown, have also had their cases abandoned. The CPS has now ordered an unprecedented review of all cases brought under the new corona legislation.
Anyone who has paid attention to the corona cops’ absurd and menacing exploits over the past two months won’t be surprised. In fact, the very first person to be prosecuted under the Coronavirus Act had her case overturned within days. Forty-four-year-old Marie Dinou was arrested and convicted at the end of March after she was found ‘loitering between platforms’ at Newcastle rail station and remained silent when police asked her about why she was travelling. She was convicted and given a £660 fine. But it was quashed when police admitted the wrong law had been used to prosecute her.
Woman fined £660 for refusing to tell police reasons for travel to have wrongful conviction quashed
So apparently from the tone of this and other articles, at a train station it is most definitely a crime to "stand or wait around without apparent purpose" between platforms, and only the sheer incompetence of the police charging under the wrong act allowed this criminal to get away scot-free. And who is the victim that gets that 'victim surcharge''?They questioned her because she was “loitering between platforms” at Newcastle Central station on Saturday.
She was convicted of an offence under the Coronavirus Act 2020 at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, despite not being present at the hearing.
A judge fined her £660 and ordered her to pay a £66 victim surcharge and £85 in costs.
Following concerns raised by legal professionals, the conviction is to be quashed and police admitted it “shouldn’t have happened”.
Popular culture is correct, you can always tell the real criminals. They wear black. But this is the best quote from the first article:
The incompetence is startling, and doesn’t stop there. In mid April, it was revealed that police in England had wrongly issued 39 fines to children. The fines were withdrawn after it was pointed out that the law does not allow fixed-penalty notices to be issued to those under the age of 18.