Justice And Common Sense Finally Prevail

The long running case of west Belfast man Kieran Milnes has finally reached a happy conclusion for the man. Faced with charges of assaulting a youth he had alleged was stealing his girlfriend’s car, Kieran spent time in jail, until the force of public opinion led to a retrial being announced, which he won today, thus ending the traumatic episode. The case resonates across the north of Ireland, no where more so than in areas like West Belfast, where the scourge of joyriding has created many victims- indeed, the headline story on this morning’s news was about a car-jacking in the south-west of the city. The sight of a victim of this crime being hauled through the courts, serving time in jail and having his life turned upside down for the past 18 months outraged many who believe the law exposed itself as an ass on this occasion. It also left the question hanging for many: if you find yourself in a position to confront a car thief/burglar, is it in your own interests to contact the ‘proper authorities’ north or south?

  • slug

    Mr Milnes himself was in no doubt on that question: “I’m not slamming the police. I know that they have a hell of a job to do in Poleglass and Twinbrook and those areas and I congratulate them for what they do but unfortunately, they didn’t carry out their duties to the full on that night. If it’s my property, I will defend my property again and if it means doing the same thing again – restraining them and phoning the police – I would say it’s my duty to do that and I would do that”

  • Pete Baker

    “The case resonates across the north of Ireland”

    Well.. maybe.. maybe not.. perhaps some exaggeration involved?

    He did plead guilty to the GBH charge to begin with.. only changing his mind on that when the campaign gathered steam.

    The loss of crucial evidence, by the police, appears to have played a significant role in this latest verdict.

    And, while defending the principle of appropriate force in defending self and property, that doesn’t explain the fractured skull.. or the divergent stories of what happened.

    In short, too easy, and too convenient, to play the joyriding card at this late stage.

  • My initial reaction was fair play to him, but the idea that someone would deliberately fracture their own skull sounds a bit far fetched.

    In the circumstances it was right to throw the case out but I’d have been happier if they’d been able to prove the boy was lying, since the result is basically throwing out the case due to lack of evidence because of a failure in the police investigation.

  • Yokel

    So he fractured some little theiving slob’s skull..hey who started it? Fair play and about bloody time. Mr Milnes is obviously in the Dunacn Ferguson school of property protection.