Tag Archives: assault

Vigilante justice, meet the justice system

“Phoenix Jones”, a self-styled superhero vigilante (complete with home made body armour) has ended up on the wrong side of the law. The Herald Sun reports that Phoenix could be charged by police after he intervened in what he thought was a fight and allegedly pepper sprayed a number of people: Phoenix Jones – known […]

Pre-emptive Revenge

Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev, who owns two UK newspapers, has punched a fellow guest off his seat during a televised economic debate in Moscow. Mr Lebedev, owner of the Independent and Evening Standard, hit former real estate businessmen Sergei Polonsky with two right hooks, sending him off the back of the platform. Mr Lebedev […]

Spare the rod, spoil the child?

It is not long ago since our society believed that hitting a child to discipline her was necessary. When I was in very early primary school we still worried about “getting the strap”, although I think corporal punishment had been outlawed by then, but there was still a collective consciousness of “the strap” and what […]

Something rotten in the State of WA

In Western Australia, calls have been made for law reform after brawlers who assaulted police officers in February 2008 were acquitted of assault charges. The result is particularly poignant because one of the police officers, Constable Matthew Butcher suffered brain-damage as a result of his attempts to prevent the brawl. He now suffers from partial […]