Imagine you’ve just been convicted of dealing drugs.
By sheer luck and/or the mercy of a judge, you get off with a sentence of two years – suspended!
What would you do?
Jump up and down in glee? Pump your fist in the air? Post on Facebook about how grateful you are to have been shown such clemency?
All good options. Two brothers in the UK didn’t do those things.
Instead, they chose a really bad option: within 90 minutes, both had gone on to Facebook to blow a raspberry at the judge who’d just been so nice to them.
About 40 minutes after getting the suspended sentence, Daniel Sledden, 27, of Accrington, posted this message on Facebook:
Cannot believe my luck 2 year suspended sentance (sic) beats the 3 year jail yes pal! Beverly [sic] Lunt go suck my ****
His younger brother Samuel, 22, wrote this to Lunt on Facebook, according to Sky News:
What a day it’s been Burnley crown court! Up ur **** aha nice 2 year suspended …
Hmmm! Seems those brothers weren’t very sincere when they expressed remorse in court, Judge Beverley Lunt concluded:
The question I have to ask myself is this, ‘if I had known their real feelings at being in court would I have accepted their remorse and contrition, and suspended the sentence?’. And the answer is of course not.
Each of the posts indicate they have not changed at all. They have not taken on board anything or learned any responsibility.
Daniel Sledden tried to backtrack, writing a letter of apology that he posted to Facebook:
I want to say how sorry I am for what I wrote about Judge Lunt and my sentence. I was very lucky not to be sent to prison and I was very stupid to have written what I did. I want to say sorry to Judge Lunt and to anyone else who was upset or offended by my thoughtless post which I did not mean.
A bit too little, too late? Sam and Dan were hauled back into court, and thus was the “suspended” aspect snipped from their sentences.
They’re now looking at serving two years in jail – yes, the same two years they’d so energetically Facebook-gloated about escaping.