A court has heard an elderly Anglican priest and two other Christian environmentalists went too far when they stopped a commuter train during a climate change protest.
I must have missed this story, what with all the fuss about Djokovic but I certainly remember the event which happened at east London’s Shadwell Station in October 17, 2019 and involved 79-year-old Sue Parfitt, from Bristol and 54-year-old Martin Newell, from Birmingham who used a ladder to climb on top of the train’s roof while 85-year-old Philip Kingston, from Patchway in South Gloucestershire superglued himself to the carriage.
A specialist team of officers had to carefully remove Kingston from the train, although myself I would have waved the train out of the station as I’ve never had that much faith in the ability of superglue to stick skin to a train carriage, I’m fairly certain that before the end of the platform he would have released his hand.
Angry passengers who were caught up in the disruption begged the trio to move from the Docklands Light Railway train which one would have thought would have been the sort of transport these people would have encouraged but after 77 minutes of disruption and 15 DLR trains delayed or cancelled, the court heard they still refused to move.
The prosecution’s case was that the defendants went beyond what is permitted or allowable in society in their protest when they deliberately acted unlawfully at a busy time of time of day with a demonstration aimed at attracting attention to the climate change crisis.
Sadly this bunch of idiots were cleared, this despite Reverend Parfitt having been previously found guilty by a district judge at City of London Magistrates’ Court in February 2020 of refusing to obey a police banning order preventing protesters from demonstrating at Oxford Circus and Waterloo Bridge in London in April 2019.
Clearly there is something wrong with our justice system when yet again another bunch of people acting illegally are presumably let off because a jury is too feckless to find them guilty, I’m sorely tempted to have a crack at bank robbery, assuming I was caught I would maintain my innocence in that I was doing it to fund Extinction Rebellion and with a modern jury would be walking free as a bird.
Modern life, the world has gone mad!