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Brainless Idiot Gets Jailed: But Too Long?

Just desserts or a return to punishments that don't fit the crime

Written by . Published on October 11th 2012.

Brainless Idiot Gets Jailed: But Too Long?

A MAN who wore a t-shirt with hand-written offensive comments about the murders of PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes on it just hours after their killings has been sentenced. 

Barry ThewBarry ThewBarry Thew (17/01/1973), of Wolsey Street, Radcliffe, admitted a Section 4A Public Order Offence (displaying writing or other visible representation with intention of causing harassment, alarm or distress). 

At Minshull Street Crown Court today, Thursday 11 October 2012, he was sentenced to a total of eight months in prison. 

At about 2.15pm on Tuesday 18 September 2012, less than three-and-a-half hours after PCs Nicola Hughes and Fiona Bone were shot dead, Thew was seen wearing the offensive t-shirt in Radcliffe town centre. 

He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Inspector Bryn Williams, of the Radcliffe Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: "While officers on the ground were just learning of and trying to come to terms with the devastating news that two colleagues had been murdered, Thew thought nothing of going out in public with a t-shirt daubed with appalling hand written comments on. 

"Thankfully the overwhelming response from the public - who have inundated us with messages of support and condolence - prove that Thew is the exception and not the rule and our communities were right behind us at our darkest hour. 

"To mock or joke about the tragic events of that morning is morally reprehensible and Thew has rightly been convicted and sentenced for his actions." 

Eight months is a very long time for abuse. Is this sentence to steep? Thew had scrawled on the front of his t-shirt ‘One less pig; perfect justice’ and on the back ‘Killacopforfun.com haha’. Fool....but eight months? 



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20 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Poster BoyOctober 11th 2012.

...what's the recommended tariff? What justification did the judge refer to in his summing up? The PR from the policing team, which appeals to public sentiment, is sugar coating in relation to the question you appear to be asking.

AnonymousOctober 11th 2012.

It was actually 4 months. the other 4 months is for a breach of suspended sentence. So the question is really, is 4 months too long?

RobbsyOctober 11th 2012.

what else can we find "offensive"? Neo-nazi band t-shirts? Wu-Tang clan (Nation of Islam are delightfully racist) hoodies? This is just madness... this individual is an unpleasant example to say the least, but this sentence is ridiculous!

Some people hate the police - some actually have real reasons to do so - and this will just add fuel to their fires of indignation.

Dale Cregan's sister was on facebook mocking the families of his victims and saying she was "proud of our Dale" - her punishment? To be sent abroad on a taxpayer=funded holiday while things "cool down"... quite a contrast!

AnonymousOctober 11th 2012.

this is a disgrace. just think, justin lee collins got community service for physically and mentally abusing his partner, an this fella get sent down for a crude tshirt.

AnonymousOctober 11th 2012.

This is a bloke with a blatant disregard for the law anyway--no doubt when the police picked him up they found he had breached the clearly far too generous conditions of his suspended sentence. Goes to show he should have been locked up in the first place. He should stay under his rock . Wonder what job he had , what contribution he had made to society...oh no wait....

EvergateOctober 11th 2012.

The man's a total idiot , but if we are now jailing people for saying something thats a pretty thin end of a very large wedge... One thing for sure in America he would be protected by freedom of speech, but the UK has no bill of rights so anyone can be jailed now if they say something someone in authority doesn't like... Thats the acid test of a classic dictatorship.

AnonymousOctober 11th 2012.

Quite surprised why anyone would feel that this guy (for want of a better word) deserves anything less than the judge could trow at him. Im not usually in the habbit of defending cops, but just put yourselves in the shoes of the relatives of the bereaved..............

John HarrisOctober 11th 2012.

Seems surprising to me that we are now jailing people for a fashion faux pas. Since when was being stupid and unpleasant a criminal offence?

Another reason to resent GMP, they have now forced me to support a nasty little low-life like Barry Thew

AnonymousOctober 11th 2012.

Not long enough.....sterilise the ignorant little tit when he gets out too.

StephenOctober 11th 2012.

Hold on a minute. Now I'm not defending for a second the t-shirt, and I wouldn't want to either. However, this man had recently been an in-patient on a Mental Health Unit, and three years ago his son died in police custody. So perhaps the people posting and calling him an idiot and suggesting sterilisation should consider the wisdom of their words given these compounding factors? The t-shirt was sick, but so was the man wearing it.

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Joanne MisonJanuary 26th 2014.

No stephen his son who he didnt give a toss about for over 10 years did not die in police custody he sadly passed away in my home hundreds of miles away in suffolk. Does that show what a nasty twisted man he is..How do I know because im the said childs mother and he has been in the mental health unit for prolonged cannabis use and drink.

Marc WilsonOctober 12th 2012.


AnonymousOctober 12th 2012.

I am an ex soldier who served 3 tours in Northern Ireland at the height of the troubles,friends of mine were killed people shouted and were glad British soldiers were killed,nobody dragged us into the recruiting office nobody dragged these policewoman into the job.The police have to realise a lot of people could not give a monkeys if they get killed,they should have left this idiot to walk about,he might have died of a chill.The police show themselves to be weak to bother about this pratt

RobbsyOctober 12th 2012.

we had individuals celebrating - and hoping for - the deaths of our servicemen and women abroad - but they weren't slammed in jail despite deserving it far more than this chucklehead

the thing to do with distasteful idiots is shun and ignore them - its for the best... our contempt should be enough

John NuttallOctober 12th 2012.

Tempting as it is to lock people up for being a twat, it's really the thin end of the wedge. You've either got free speech or you haven't, there's no middle ground. I don't want to have to moderate what I say in print or verbally in case it offends the editor of the Sun or an angry mob of Jeremy Kyle viewers and that's the road that we're heading down with this.

Jonathan SchofieldOctober 13th 2012.

John spot on. There's the free speech point to this but also the totally over the top punishment. Very eighteenth century. What next - transportation for stealing a loaf of bread? What with the 2006 law against religious hate crimes - a twist on a blasphemy law and such a subjective notion anyway - we're moving backwards from free speech and tolerance. Especially when the law here appears to be applied to make a heavy handed example of this man, because the fool's insulting words were directed at the Police.

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Jason MatthewsOctober 13th 2012.

Not condoning Thew's actions but I think you may need to double check your first line. You say he "wore a t-shirt about Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes" yet in court Thew's solicitor said: “The wearing of this T-shirt was not in response to the deaths of the two police officers but it was another case.

“It is an on-going dispute between Mr Thew and Greater Manchester Police. He feels victimised and picked on.

“He did not go home when he heard the news. He was already wearing the T-shirt. He accepts that he is guilty by reason of his plea.”

AnonymousOctober 14th 2012.

4 years for killing someone 4 months for a t shirt what about the Muslims calling soldiers baby killers on return Britain is scared of speaking against Muslims for fear of being called racist this guy is a fool they know exactly what they are doing promoting Islam did you know Mohammed took his wife Alisha when she was 6 but only made love when she was 9 they don't tell you that do they no wonder old hams Muslims are abusing kids their prophet is a paedo

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GimboidOctober 14th 2012.

I for one am convinced by your punctuation-free ramblings.

AnonymousOctober 14th 2012.

Please look at freeman of the land websites and youtube videos such as stop stopping me they show we have rights with police they don't want us to know , did you know if your stopped for a random search you aren't obliged to give your name unless suspected of a crime, and also when stopped for a motoring "offence" such as using your phone you don't have to accept the ticket don't give your name , address or say yes to understanding your caution and they can't fine you they only have the power when you consent by signing the ticket(contract) police can use radios , taxis can too so what is the difference between a mobile and a radio only they need a hand to hold the button when you have hands free its a money making scheme if anything mobiles are less danger than one hand on a radio and one hand on the wheel go figure !

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