Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Something to keep in the back of my mind in the back of my mind if I ever have a chance to move to Britain - if I break the law, I might be sentenced to drink... (h/t Oxblog)
It was when the 15-year-old miscreant was hauled into court that the problem was first noticed.
Angered by his unruly, boozed-up behaviour, police had hoped magistrates would punish the youth for breaching his Asbo [Anti-Social Behavior Order]. He hadn't.
Closer examination revealed that he had mistakenly been ordered not to be in public "without" alcohol and that he was also duty bound to act in a threatening manner likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to others.
After the boy escaped punishment as a result of the misprint, the officials behind the mistake were asked to deliver a new Asbo with more appropriate wording, the Daily Mirror reported.