The British Justice System

by Some Fella   August 22, 2014  

The next time you read on these pages or elsewhere of a someone killing a cyclist with their vehicle and getting a derisory punishment you can console yourself knowing that this dangerous and evil criminal has been locked up for 2 and half years

We can sleep soundly in our beds and ride our bicycles safe in the knowledge the British justice system is handing out fair and just punishments.

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Funny enough, I was just reading that and thought exactly the same.

Then I went onto the story of Mark Chapman, killed John Lennon in 1980, got 20 to life and has failed 8 times since 2001 to get parole. That should be the type of sentence drivers should get.

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posted by Gkam84 [9361 posts]
22nd August 2014 - 23:54


You are Richard Littlejohn, and I claim my five pounds.

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” James E Starrs

posted by truffy [649 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 12:02



In March of this year I was hit from behind by Land rover discovery, just outside of Reading - I was commuting to home at the time. My saddle got ripped off, my rear wheel got bent in half. Now for the real bad news - the seat got deposited in my arse and tore my sphincter to shreds, my testicles got badly bruised and my urethra got torn. The last and only thing I can remember is landing on my shoulder and then head hitting the deck...

So two and half weeks in hospital, the first week of which I had a pipe in my arse to drain away faecal matter as I hadn't had a crap before the ride. So couldn't sit down for long time. The injury list is as follows:-
- torn urethra - now urologically incontinent and impotent.
- Damaged volunatary sphincter muscle (you have two involuntary & voluntary)
- Now faecally incontinent; I had general surgery after the accident where they
performed an ileostomy - so a bit of my colon sticks out of my stomach!.
- so I now have a stomach bag which is due to be removed in October,2014.
- However I may problems with urgency control so my need 'other' procedures
ranging from the 'madonna - collagen/other implants in my sphincter' to a
bionic anus (electrodes in the spine, battery pack in my butt cheeks).
- dislocated collarbone

Side affect are, get dehydrated quickly - so can't ride long distance, bladder spasms as I have permanent supra-public catheter fitted (thru my stomach) which attaches to a fashionable leg bag. Looks great in the gym!, kept in place with a pair of karimoor compression socks. No more morning glory etc,etc. Plus the continuing probing to determine how my aris is healing!.

Why do I mention this - I got the letter from the Thames Valley Police today stating that the driver underwent a one day alertness course rather than face prosecution!. Case is now closed.

A solictor is pursuing the driver but case closed after a one day course WTF!

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [132 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 20:52


Jeez old, that is terrible. Justice has not been done. Try contacting the Cycling Silk as perhaps he can advise you on taking a civil case.


posted by OldRidgeback [2577 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 22:12


WHAAAT?! It's not like me to say this, but I'd take the driver to the sodding cleaners. Has he admitted liability?

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3722 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 22:25

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truffy wrote:
You are Richard Littlejohn, and I claim my five pounds.

What does this mean?...

Vive Le Fantasy Cycling Game!

posted by enrique [2315 posts]
23rd August 2014 - 22:49


My case is currently with a solictor who has wisely told me that due to the extent of the injuries it may take upto two years to determine what level of compensation is 'correct'. But basically if the chelsea tractor driving lady had a years ban plus a large fine I may feel less p***ed off.

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [132 posts]
24th August 2014 - 9:30

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No liability admission as yet but in the letter there was one good piece of advice 'pass this letter onto your insurers'. So my solicitor will get a copy as well as the thistle cycling insurance. But a private prosecution is still a possibility.

To slo to live, to slo to die! ::-}

posted by OldnSlo [132 posts]
24th August 2014 - 9:33