AB­SO­LUTELY DIS­GRACE­FUL

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION -

ABOM­INABLE was how Deputy Judge Stan­ley Spence de­scribed Laity’s be­hav­iour. “This was an ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful episode,” Deputy Judge Spence told Laity. “You have be­haved abom­inably to your par­entsin-law. “You are par­tic­u­larly re­spon­si­ble, it seems, for mak­ing Mrs Laity’s mother’s health de­te­ri­o­rate very con­sid­er­ably as a re­sult of what oc­curred that day.” The judge said he did not ac­cept that Laity did not ap­pre­ci­ate what he was do­ing when he pointed the gun at PC Scott-Mackie. “You knew it was a BB gun,” Deputy Judge Spence said. “The per­son on the other end of it didn’t know that.” How­ever, the judge said Laity’s cir­cum­stances had changed since he com­mit­ted the of­fences. “Nearly three years have passed. That al­lows me to say there are ex­cep­tional cir­cum­stances here,” Deputy Judge Spence said. “I don’t sup­pose for a mo­ment that will be thought ap­pro­pri­ate by your ex-wife and her par­ents. “But it is just pos­si­ble you are pulling out of your psy­cho­log­i­cal prob­lems now.”

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