ONE OF THOSE reasons being that open justice prevents shabby, backroom deals done for the administrative convenience of the police.
GEORGE MICHAEL – a man with some previous when it comes to this kind of thing – has received a police caution after being arrested in public toilets in possession of crack cocaine.
A NEWCASTLE UNITED footballer – all 6’3″ of him – has received a police caution for assaulting a woman.
When did it become the job of the police to issue cautions for serious offences? Who decided that the courts are not to be bothered when a man assaults a woman, that the police can take it upon themselves to to slap the perpetrator’s wrist instead? Justice can only be done in a properly constituted court, open to the public, presided over by an independent bench that has sworn to do justice “without fear or favour, affection or ill-will”, not behind closed doors in a police station.