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Started by Agaliarept on Dec 7, 2018 2:08:20 PM
'Brighton bottom slapper' cyclist spared jail

A cyclist dubbed the "Brighton bottom slapper" who attacked lone women in a series of late-night sex assaults has been spared jail.

Constantin Barbutu, 22, donned a hoodie and rode up to female pedestrians, joggers and cyclists before smacking or groping them.

He initially denied 21 charges of sexual assault, but later admitted 11.

Barbutu was too "intellectually impaired" to cope behind bars, Hove Crown Court heard.

Judge David Rennie handed him a 12-month suspended sentence and ordered him to complete 40 days of rehabilitation.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-46482339

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Agaliarept - 07 Dec 2018 14:08:26 (#1 of 14)

Ok, I'm confused.

If he's 'intellectually impaired' why was he found guilty?

If he's 'too intellectually impaired' to cope behind bars why give him a suspended sentence when that could end up with him being sent to gaol?

Isn't there a danger (as the police are always so fond of telling us) that as he hasn't been gaoled for these crimes that he will be motivated now to go further and ramp up his behaviour?

TRaney - 07 Dec 2018 14:13:49 (#2 of 14)

<runs off with Sheik's ten points before he gets here>

frantastic - 07 Dec 2018 14:17:17 (#3 of 14)

12 month suspended? That's just a slap on the ...er...wrist.

Rendered - 07 Dec 2018 14:17:34 (#4 of 14)

<gets three 7s on the points jackpot machine>

TheVoiceOfReason - 07 Dec 2018 14:34:08 (#5 of 14)

Surely you have to be intellectually impaired to be in gaol in the first place?

SheikYerbouti - 07 Dec 2018 14:45:29 (#6 of 14)

What is this new term intellectually impaired? What does it mean? Does it mean the same as learning difficulties? Does it mean thick? Is being thick a learning difficulty in itself?

Bonusy - 07 Dec 2018 14:48:27 (#7 of 14)

Learning difficulty can mean an individual has difficulty following or benefiting from established learning methods but does not specifically mean they are incapable of understanding the concepts and idea that are being taught

TheVoiceOfReason - 07 Dec 2018 14:55:42 (#8 of 14)

This chap clearly understands a slap on the arse.

moto748 - 07 Dec 2018 14:56:45 (#9 of 14)

#5

You haven't done much time, have you, TVoR?

SheikYerbouti - 07 Dec 2018 15:10:54 (#10 of 14)

"Does not specifically mean" is not the same as "excluding" though.

I feel a bit sorry for the poor old thickies, if not, though.

Bonusy - 07 Dec 2018 15:13:50 (#11 of 14)

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty, but most people are aware that it does not mean that someone is lacking intelligence

SheikYerbouti - 07 Dec 2018 15:17:56 (#12 of 14)

Well, yes, I know. Everyone knows learning difficulty is not the same as thick. However, thick may be a learning difficulty, alongside all the others.

HorstVogel - 07 Dec 2018 15:39:12 (#13 of 14)

Being thick can a be result of learning difficulties, one could be thick even without learning difficulties of course.

Bonusy - 07 Dec 2018 15:47:55 (#14 of 14)

However, thick may be a learning difficulty, alongside all the others

Possibly, but it could be like describing a lack of muscle as a lifting difficulty. If you are not strong enough it isn't a progression difficulty, it just isn't going to happen

unless you worked out more and got jacked, but the analogy has mostly broken down by this point, ok?

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