WHEN I read reports about some court cases in Warrington, I am horrified at the number of pleas of mitigation which state that the perpetrator of the crime was either drunk or under the influence of drugs.

Some people have committed extremely violent assaults on others and think that because they were drunk they shouldn’t be held accountable for their actions. What utter rubbish.

If a plea of drunkenness/drug misuse is used to help win a lenient sentence for committing a violent crime, theft, or sex crime, then why does the same plea not apply to drink drivers?

If a drink driver used a plea of mitigation on the grounds of poor decision-making while under the influence of alcohol, the magistrate would not accept it, and quite rightly so.

There is no excuse for committing a crime, everybody knows that.



Magistrates should not accept such excuses.