Thursday, August 11, 2011

Suspected Looters Up Before The Courts, including a Millionaire's daughter! - 11th Aug 2011

A millionaire's daughter, teacher and a lifeguard have already appeared in court over the violence around England - as hundreds more face magistrates.

On Wednesday, courts in London began working through the night in order to process the unprecedented number of people charged.

Thursday will see proceedings take place in Westminster, Birmingham and Manchester.

Defendents range from a 11-year-old boy - charged for stealing a bin from Debenhams - to men in their 40s.

The 11-year-old, from Romford, is one of a minority who have been sent home on bail.

Sky's Lia Hervey described the judge at Croydon Magistrates Court on Wednesday as being extremely unforgiving, denying most defendents bail in favour remaining in custody or being electronically tagged.

Laura Johnson, 19, appeared at Bexleyheath Magistrates Court charged in connection with the theft of £5,000-worth of goods from a Comet store in Charlton, south London.

Miss Johnson, an English and Italian student at the University of Exeter, is the daughter of successful businessman Robert Johnson, a director of a several high-profile companies.

Aaron Mulholland, a 30-year-old lifeguard at a health club, wept as his lawyer told the court his client had "learned his lesson" after a night in the cells.

A large number of those appearing had no previous convictions, including a 14-year-old girl - who cannot be named - charged with stealing cameras from Argos. Read More