A police woman is sent a questionable sex video. Her mobile phone seems to show that she hasn’t seen it, knows nothing of it, in fact. The video had been sent to 17 people and yet the one uniformed woman is prosecuted.
|Envy of the world! ... Supt Williams, charged with having the indecent video which she insists she did not see, pictured with the London mayor Sadiq Khan. The officer had been highly commended for her work helping families affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. Thanks to BBC News (and PA) for the photo.|
And humans being humans, we could be forgiven for wondering about part of the story that is kept hidden.
Only that’s not my reaction for I know from personal experience that English justice – the envy of the world – can be mighty devious indeed.
I sailed a very long swallowing-the-anchor voyage at the conclusion of my international yachting career.
I crossed the Atlantic, from west to east. Near the Caribbean, a tropical revolving storm approached and I took refuge in St Lucia island.
|Stolen yacht ... A corrupt in-camera trial snatched my yacht and almost everything I possessed.|
Eventually, they admitted not a sign of any drugs existed, and I was released. I sailed towards home, England.
|I returned to Britain in August to look after my then nine-year-old daughter for her school holidays. I was ambushed – we were ambushed.|
As my book Sailing to Purgatory tells, the sail was repaired in Madeira. Too late in the season now to try to reach Britain, I sailed solo south, down through the Trades and the Doldrums and through the Roaring Forties to the Cape.
We were ambushed
I returned to Britain in August to look after my then nine-year-old daughter for her school holidays. I was ambushed – we were ambushed.
I was charged with supplying a gang with drugs, even though I came no closer to Britain than the Bay of Biscay, and as the trial, heard, in a yacht completely unsuitable to carrying drugs.
Even so, after the two-year trial, the longest English trial, I was sentenced to 19 years, two years more than the Lockerbie airline bomber, who slaughtered more than 240 people, was serving.
As the lady police officer may well be thinking tonight: English justice! Envy of the world?
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