The Philip Laing saga ended on Thursday with a refreshingly measured decision on the part of Judge Anthony Browne.
The media scrum to be the first with the sentence was expected, it would seem, by everyone except Sheffield Magistrates Court, who held the hearing in one of their smaller courtrooms, leading to several members of the press being excluded from proceedings to prevent a “fire hazard”. The fact that the court had a responsibility to move the hearing to a larger venue to accommodate the amassed press seemed to have been forgotten by the surly court staff. A complaint is in progress.
Thought it was a little off that Laing was allowed the privilege of being sneaked in the back door again. People who’ve done much worse frequently make the walk of shame across the main entrance bridge.
Not to mention the naivety of expecting to fox photographers with something so cunning as a different door.