The ‘Ifield Five’ were found guilty last week, and will be sentenced next month.Â It has dragged on for a long time now, with the original offence happening nearly a year ago.I did allude to it at the time, but in a very circumspect way. Having heard some of the details first-hand from witnesses, there was no way I wanted to say anything in public (even in such a low-circulation media as this blog) that could even possibly jeopardise the legal processes.Â Now it is all over I think enough has been written about it already in the local papers.
A few thoughts though:
I think that both the local papers have been remarkably unsensational in their coverage.Â That might sound wrong, given that it was splashed a bit last March, and has been on the front pages quite a bit, but if anything the details have been witheld or underplayed.Â Imagine how the NotW would have treated it.
Talking of which, it is a bit of a surprise that the nationals haven’t picked up on it.Â A pleasant surprise though.Â I just hope it doesn’t mean this sort of thing is so common it doesn’t warrant a mention on the news!
Finally, there is one thing that worries me.Â The News mentions in passing:
She also encouraged a 13-year-old to stamp on the victimâ€™s head, something seen on the mobile phone video which was played in court.
What happened to that 13-year-old?Â Â It seems strange he was not among the accused if there is video footage of him committing assault.Â I think I would be reassured to know he was not still at large, whether he was a willing participant or was coerced – either way its a worry.