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Terminally Ill Man Asks For Jail Sentence- So He Can Eat Three Meals A Day

September 23, 2014

A terminally ill man thanked the chairman of magistrates who jailed him for eight weeks for smashing windows at Bradford Crown Court.

Derek Joinson, 56, of Spring Road, Keighley, appeared at Calderdale Magistrates’ Court today (Monday) and pleaded guilty to breaking two windows, estimated to the value of £500, at Bradford Crown Court on September 21.

The court heard that Joinson had intended to cause the damage to the building. He handed himself in and asked to be jailed during his police interview.

Joinson, who has chronic renal failure and angina, stated that he only gets £50 a week in benefits and urged the court to send him to Armley Prison so he could get three meals a day and a plasma television.

Shiraz Hussain, defending, said: “It is a sad state of affairs that Mr Joinson finds himself in. He has asked for a custodial sentence and he isn’t willing to comply with a community order.”

Robin Kempster, chairman of magistrates, said that Joinson had left them with “very few options” and that a custodial sentence was the only alternative.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2014 2:44 pm

    Reblogged this on nearlydead.

  2. Sister Marika Rebicsek permalink
    September 23, 2014 3:38 pm

    This is one of the saddest stories I have come across in recent times. If he has terminal kidney failure he should be getting the highest rate PIP for those terminally ill but I guess the backlog 26 weeks is not going to help him at all! What a sad society Britain has become

  3. September 23, 2014 9:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating.

  4. David Lindley permalink
    September 24, 2014 11:56 am

    This is entirely the fault of generations of do-gooders making life in prison like a holiday camp. Instead of giving felons excellent food, a cell to themselves with en-suite facilities and free plasma televisions, we should feed them on bread and water, or thin gruel, or fish head soup. We should also pack them in at three, four or five to a cell, make them do their ablutions and slopping out in a separate, unheated loo block and work them so hard at breaking up rocks or generating power on a treadmill or hand-driven crank that they’d be too tired to do anything but sleep.

    • September 26, 2014 6:39 pm

      That’s a revolting attitude. People need to learn how to be a decent member of society in prison. A huge proportion of the UK prison population have severe mental illness issues as well as learning difficulties. Many can’t read or write, use a computer or have any chance of joining society as productive members of society when their sentences are finished.

      Having a basic standard of living in prison, decent food, the chance to work and learn new skills, as well as have intensive educational support, is vital. Even more important is to actively identify which prisoners have mental illnesses and learning difficulties, get them diagnosed, treated. Then when the prisoners are moving back into the community they need adequate NHS treatments for their conditions.

      It would appear you’d rather have a underclass of broken people who continue to offend for their whole short lives, rather than actually help them to reform themselves. Yesterday I saw one of the most useful and interesting prison projects I’ve seen in a long time. Long term prisoners are chosen to take care of and train guide dogs and assistance dogs under the auspices of the relevant charities and trained prison officers. The dogs, at 16 months old, move into living with their new owners.

      The best part is the level of reductivism in the prisoners. They have a far higher chance of obtaining productive work when released as well as a massively reduced chance of re-offending. Your ‘method’ would have a permanent cycle of grim and dire poverty, teen pregnancy, early death and a huge mess for society to pick up after. We can spend far less money by helping prisoners reform and support them in the community.

      One could almost assume you’re some kind of sadist wanting to inflict even more punishment on this vulnerable population, rather than a sensible member of society who wants the betterment of all of us…

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