A high-profile case which hit the headlines yesterday has , not for the first time,left the public perplexed to say the least. For all that the law and the operation of it seems fascinating, if a little mysterious to some, it also conjures up images, perversely of injustice and inequality.
Wayne Rooney is probably about as well known a footballer as it gets. Whether that is entirely due to his prowess on the park, or not, is likely a moot point.
Not for the first time in recent weeks, he has become the subject of unwelcome press reports for issues other than his footballing skills.
On a recent night out in leafy, wealthy Cheshire, he (a) drinks ( clearly fairly heavily given his subsequent alcohol reading), (b) gets behind the wheel of a car after drinking and (c) much to the utter unrestrained joy of the tabloids does all this with a female who is not his pregnant wife. The latter is not, of course, a crime. Nor is the first, subject to some prudent foresight as to how one gets home. But point (b) certainly is and has become, rightly, one of the great ‘taboos’ of the modern day.
Unsurprisingly, and one would have to say thankfully, he did get caught before causing what could have been a catastrophic series of events.
Rooney was allegedly 3 times over the limit so he cannot use the excuse of thinking that he ‘just had a quick pint’. That is a very significant reading and at least should have been reflected at sentence.
What, then happened at court yesterday? A two year driving ban, 100 hours of ‘unpaid work in the community’ and, wait for it a £170 fine in respect of court costs. I wonder if he asked for time to pay or did he just throw a bundle of tenners at the court clerk.
I see that his club, Everton have fined him ‘2 weeks wages’ – a rather impressive £300k – impressive but will it hurt? Of course not.
A 2 year driving ban……..but will it hurt? No and he has already budgeted for the £120,000 it will cost him in chauffeur’s fees to ferry him from his £20million pad in Cheshire to the training ground.
The only moderate glimmer of hope in terms of ‘justice’ is the unpaid work. Referred to as a CPO in Scotland, the ‘community payback order’ replaces what most people will know as ‘Community service’. It is unpaid and will usually involve some form of ‘local work’ like painting a school or the like. Perhaps the shame and perceived public humiliation that goes with that may, in some way make up for the fact that another misbehaving prima donna thinks they can do what they like and give two fingers to the whole justice system and then have the temerity to follow up with a ‘public apology’.
Has a lesson, any lesson be learned from this pretty shabby and shameful event? Only that the wealthy do what they like and , at best, consider only what they have done retrospectively and expect that a snivelling apology will suffice. For the rest of us, we try to ‘look before we leap’.
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