Wednesday, 12 November 2008


Some people really are stupid. Below is an excerpt from a Crown Office press release about a chap who put video footage of himself waving a sword in a public place, on his Bebo page.

Strangely, this footage provided ample proof of the crime:

An Ayrshire man who was seen posing with a sword on BEBO, the social networking internet site, pled guilty today at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court to possession of a sword in a public place.

19 year old Charles Bowman was convicted of a contravention of Section 49(1) of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 between 1 January 2006 and 14 July 2008. The offence came to light after the accused was seen posing on BEBO.

Bowman's case was reported to the Procurator Fiscal in Kilmarnock as part of Operation Access, the unique and ongoing campaign against violence launched in July 2008. This involves Strathclyde Police trawling the internet in a move to uncover criminal activity, supporting the drive to reduce crime and disorder across the region. Intelligence gathered in this way is then passed to the Violence Reduction Taskforce who work closely with local community police officers to identify those pictured online.

"This case demonstrates the benefits of using creative investigative techniques to gather evidence of crimes of violence and anti social behaviour. It sends a clear message that those responsible for such crimes cannot escape justice.

Anthony Bowman was fined £200.


Fox In Detox said...

WOW! Now that's a future Darwin award candidate. I wonder how he'll do it? Maybe he'll throw his sword 50 feet straight up in the air to demonstrate it's balance, and precision.

BenefitScroungingScum said...

Stupid is as stupid does! This was an issue in the north west some time last year after some TWOCers filmed themselves speeding and put it on youtube. Ah well, at least we can be consoled by such levels of stupidity! BG
PS, hope all well in your world Jim

Jim said...

I suspect that may be a very likely scenarion Fox!

Jim said...

Hi BG,

It's amazing that people will film themselves committing crimes, then post it on the internet.

Mind you, it's also pretty amazing it took the police so long to figure out that the criminals were doing this!

I'm ok thanks Bendy, hope you're feeling better now.


Stuart Winton said...

Tube indeed (I once thought that was the meaning of the word in YouTube!!), but just as ridiculous is some of the phraseology used by officialdom here such as "Violence Reduction Taskforce", "community police officers" and "creative investigative techniques".

Maybe if they got back to straightforward policing instead of bureaucratising the process and using pompous jargon like this then the law and order problem wouldn't have got to the current state.

Jim said...


I loved the 'creative investigative techniques' label to describe a copper surfing the net!