• Fire Extinguisher Student Jailed

    A student from Brockenhurst Sixth Form College was jailed for two years and 8 months today for throwing a fire extinguisher from the roof of the Millbank building.

    Edward Woolard, 18 from New Forest, took part in demonstrations by student protesters at 30 Millbank in late 2010 against University fee rises. He is reported to have thrown a metal fire extinguisher from the roof of the building, narrowly missing Police officers guarding the Tory HQ below.

    Mr Woolard's defence claimed the actions were prompted by a "moment of madness" and attempted to argue that the extinguisher was not aimed directly at Police standing below. However, the judge stated "Had that fire extinguisher struck a police officer or anyone, it would almost certainly have caused serious harm or death."

    "The courts have a duty to provide the community with such protection from violence as they can and this means sending out a very clear message to anyone minded to behave in this way that an offence of this seriousness will not be tolerated."

    Footage of the attack is available on the BBC Website. Additional details can be found at the Cannock Post website and The Independent.
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. DevilsAdvocate's Avatar
      DevilsAdvocate -
      Read about this yesterday. Sentence seems harsh (given the things some people seem to get away with) but glad they've punished him, yob.
    1. localzuk's Avatar
      localzuk -
      I think the sentence is fair. He could very easily have killed someone, and he was very lucky that he didn't.
    1. jdoyle's Avatar
      jdoyle -
      not too many yobs confess to their family and then hand themselves in once they manage to find an open police station.

      Whilst he should be punished for a yobbish and stupid act, the sentence handed out is a disgrace.
    1. featured_spectre's Avatar
      featured_spectre -
      Thats actually a sentance I agree with!! The judge was right that if it hit someone, it would most likely have killed them, and would definately have been worse if it was a child!
    1. teejay's Avatar
      teejay -
      Trouble is, that's definitely not the sentence he would've got if it wasn't such a high profile case, I doubt that would've even made court in normal circumstances.
      I also don't like sentencing on 'what if's', yes it was extremely stupid and dangerous what he did, but no-one actually got injured. It's like getting caught jumping a red light, it's a very stupid and dangerous thing to do, but then getting sentenced for death by dangerous driving as you could've killed someone.
      Think if he appeals then he'll probably get about 6 months suspended.
    1. oxide54's Avatar
      oxide54 -
      sentence aside (i'm undecided)

      I do think he deserved to be punished. And it was a very stupid thing to do, and people could have been seriously injured.

      if someone walks up to a crowded train station or shopping area with a bomb, if the bomb doesn't go off is that less of a crime than it actually going off?
    1. teejay's Avatar
      teejay -
      Quote Originally Posted by oxide54 View Post
      sentence aside (i'm undecided)

      I do think he deserved to be punished. And it was a very stupid thing to do, and people could have been seriously injured.

      if someone walks up to a crowded train station or shopping area with a bomb, if the bomb doesn't go off is that less of a crime than it actually going off?
      Yep,it's attempted murder,not murder.
    1. FN-GM's Avatar
      FN-GM -
      Its a harsh sentence i think. When you compare it to the punishment people get for mugging...
    1. Galway's Avatar
      Galway -
      The guy is an idiot. He deserved what he got and have no sympathy for him at all.
    1. Disease's Avatar
      Disease -
      I have no sympathy for him, it's about time judges started to hand out decent custodial sentences for violent behaviour, I hope the muppet enjoys his new career path at Asda.

      I think the government should have raised tuition fee's again after the riots to compensate the tax payer for the damage caused by these supposedly educated people.
    1. mjs_mjs's Avatar
      mjs_mjs -
      He should have been hit with the fine for inappropriate use of a fire extinguisher as well. As far as I'm concerned it was stupid, he deserves all he gets.
    1. jimmy_2k's Avatar
      jimmy_2k -
      All I can say is, this student was lucky. That Fire Extingushier would have killed someone had it landed elsewhere.
    1. torledo's Avatar
      torledo -
      Quote Originally Posted by jdoyle View Post
      not too many yobs confess to their family and then hand themselves in once they manage to find an open police station.

      Whilst he should be punished for a yobbish and stupid act, the sentence handed out is a disgrace.
      well said.
    1. Uraken's Avatar
      Uraken -
      "I hope the Muppet enjoys his new career path at Asda."

      Why should ASDA have to put up with the idiot (although i take your point)..

      This will hopefully send out a strong signal that this behavior should not be tolerated!
    1. LeMarchand's Avatar
      LeMarchand -
      I agree that he deserves to go to jail. However the length of his sentence smacks of "being made an example of". Didn't that nursery worker who took pictures of children being abused only get 4 years?

      Smells like our lords and masters want to make sure that any protests against their policies are stamped on very hard.