Re: Its a fair sentence.
Lets use the car theft example
He saw the car with the keys in it. He knocked on the door and said "Excuse me but did you know you you left your keys in the car?"
Well done. There is no obligation for him to tell the owner, so that's a positive act.
The owner responded with "Fuck off you snot nosed little twerp and mind your own business"
Being less civilised is legal too. Proven on a daily basis in this very forum :/
Not happy with the reponse, he hopped in the car and did a massive burnout out the front of the house.
HONK HONK, to stay with the car theme. Wrong. Regardless of whatever the owner says or does or how he behaves, our intrepid adventurer had not gained permission to access/use the vehicle. The act of warning the owner beforehand actually makes things worse because it shows he knew that to be wrong. In addition, doing a burnout takes serviceable miles off the tires and can thus be considered as damage - bigger fine..
As a result he's now charged with car theft and sent to jail. If the idiot car owner had listened and did something, then everything could have been avoided.
Nope (pedantic question: if the car is still there, is it theft? Wasn't there some sort of minimum distance qualifier?). None of the punishment was contingent on any action or behaviour of the owner, that doesn't even come into play as far as the law is concerned.
He could have:
- not warned the owner and just walked on
- just go after informing the owner, and leave the car as is
- inform the police, the report would have caused problems for the idiot owner in case the vehicle was stolen as the insurance would see that as a good reason not to pay up
As with the actual case, the man had legal options he chose not to take, and opted for the one action which was illegal and would cause harm, not just to the company but also to innocent 3rd parties.