Anti-police t-shirt thug loses sentence appeal

A THUG who wore an anti-police T-shirt in public just hours after the killing of two policewomen has lost an appeal against his sentence.

Barry Thew, 39, was seen in his home town of Radcliffe wearing a T-shirt which carried hand-written comments of "One less pig; perfect justice" and "Killacopforfun.com haha".

Less than three and a half hours earlier, Pcs Nicola Hughes, 23, and Fiona Bone, 32, had been shot dead in a gun and grenade attack as they responded to a reported burglary on the Hattersley estate in Mottram.

Thew, of Wolsey Street, pleaded guilty at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to the public order offence.

On October 11 he was sentenced to four months in jail and received an additional four months after he admitted breaching the terms of a previous suspended jail term.

Today the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting with Mr Justice Fulford and Mr Justice Bean, at the Court of Appeal in London, said the eight month term was not "arguably excessive".

He said that the day of the murders was a dreadful one in Manchester and Thew, who openly admitted hating the police as he held them responsible for the death of his son, committed the offence in a highly charged environment.

"Our judgment is that this, of its kind, was a most serious offence.

"It sent out the sort of message just at the time, and in just the place, where it constituted a true risk to the peace of the streets.

“It would have taken very little on that day at that time for violence to erupt against those - or as a result of seeing those - who appeared to condone, if not glory, in the fact that those police officers had been killed.

"The judge in Manchester would have had very clear understanding and insight into local feelings at the time this offence occurred, and he took account of the risk of a violent response to what would have been seen, not just as an offensive message, but a provocative message intended to cause alarm and distress."

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3:12pm Thu 29 Nov 12

bevvybaby says...

If u cant do the time dont commit the crime,, I personally find people who disrespect our police n armed services need to be locked up to give them time to think just what decent honest human beings are giving thier lives for us,,respect a word thats been lost over the years,
If u cant do the time dont commit the crime,, I personally find people who disrespect our police n armed services need to be locked up to give them time to think just what decent honest human beings are giving thier lives for us,,respect a word thats been lost over the years, bevvybaby
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4:53am Fri 30 Nov 12

icannotrace says...

He should of got another 4 months just for wasting time and money by launching an appeal :)
He should of got another 4 months just for wasting time and money by launching an appeal :) icannotrace
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9:06am Fri 30 Nov 12

shakencity says...

4mths at HMP (that i'm paying for) for wearing an offensive T-shirt, he should have been made to do community service or unpaid work........and we wonder why our prisons are overcrowded.

Was there not a story this week about a policeman NOT getting jailed, despite killing his passenger girlfriend after consuming 6 pints and driving her home in Ramsbottom???

Ummm, our "brilliant" justice system at its best once again.
4mths at HMP (that i'm paying for) for wearing an offensive T-shirt, he should have been made to do community service or unpaid work........and we wonder why our prisons are overcrowded. Was there not a story this week about a policeman NOT getting jailed, despite killing his passenger girlfriend after consuming 6 pints and driving her home in Ramsbottom??? Ummm, our "brilliant" justice system at its best once again. shakencity
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8:22pm Fri 30 Nov 12

icannotrace says...

Shaken City........I agree community service would be the fitting punishment in normal circumstances for Joe Public but this idiot was already on a suspended sentence for something else and breached this hence the 4 months.

As for he copper I agree that's a strange decision
Shaken City........I agree community service would be the fitting punishment in normal circumstances for Joe Public but this idiot was already on a suspended sentence for something else and breached this hence the 4 months. As for he copper I agree that's a strange decision icannotrace
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11:34pm Fri 30 Nov 12

SteSteez says...

Disgraceful Bury Times. How is this man a "thug" ??
Daft is probably the word. a product of the British Education system.

As for the verdict: Disgraceful again.

This man wanted a prison term.meals cooked for him everyday. no energy bills. nothing to worry about.

The issue I take with this verdict however is that I could be wearing a T-shirt in the not to distant future and if a Police Officer didn't like my T-shirt, I could be arrested.

It's words. words are only powerful if you make them powerful. Ignore this man and he wouldn't do it again.
Disgraceful Bury Times. How is this man a "thug" ?? Daft is probably the word. a product of the British Education system. As for the verdict: Disgraceful again. This man wanted a prison term.meals cooked for him everyday. no energy bills. nothing to worry about. The issue I take with this verdict however is that I could be wearing a T-shirt in the not to distant future and if a Police Officer didn't like my T-shirt, I could be arrested. It's words. words are only powerful if you make them powerful. Ignore this man and he wouldn't do it again. SteSteez
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