Another classic charging decision…


A man has been charged with attempted grievous bodily harm with intent on two police officers during recent rioting in London, Scotland Yard said today.

Jah-Kiel McDermott, 28, was arrested after the PCs were mown down while chasing looters during disorder in the capital on August 8.

He will appear in custody at Thames Magistrates’ Court, in east London, tomorrow to face two charges of attempted GBH with intent.

Brave: Black-clad, armoured riot police arrive on the scene at Waltham Forest and give chase during the riots 

So, a man drives a car DELIBERATELY at a group of Police, with the knowledge that such an action will likely kill or maim those officers, is charged with Sec 18 Wounding with intent?

Effectively, saying to the world: ”run down officers…you won’t be done for attempt murder…”

It shows EXACTLY WHAT THE COURTS AND CPS THINK OF THE POLICE…

I notice that when police officers are found guilty of ANY crime they are ALWAYS charged with the maximum…

Funny that…

I wonder what you have to do to get charged with attempt murder of a Police officer these days…

It’s certainly not driving a car into them at speed.

(PS I note that the main news and papers are still leaving out the Police officer that was slashed… again… I wonder why?)

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6 responses to “Another classic charging decision…

  1. Easier to prove GBH w/i than attempted murder?

    • Both require the burden of proving intent …

      For me a classic wounding is someone that baseball bats someones legs to deliberately break them…

      The act of driving a car into someone is removing the element of control… and is SOOO much more likely to kill you…

      It’s an insult to the officers run down…

  2. the way the courts work nowadays it would probably be easier to charge them with attempted murder and then let cps roll over at court and accept the plea of GBH with intent, i wouldnt be surprised if it got dropped down to a 47 assault at this rate with the mitigation that he wasnt wearing his prescription glasses when he drove the car

  3. My lord, my client was caught up in a disorder whilst trying to ensure his granny was safe and due to the fact the police couldn’t control the situation fled from rioters driven towards him by inept violent officers when he fled for his safety and suddenly found police in dark clothing in the middle of the road. due to shock he was unable to stop for fear of being dragged from his car and savagely beaten. I submit he be delat with for failing to stop and gets a £200 fine and 3 points. He is unemployed so will happily pay £2 per week and hopes the officers will not in future leap out in the road without high visibilty jackets in low light causing innocent members of the public to be placed in such a difficult position………….

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