Anorak | Teeside thugs Corey Savory and Thomas Vernon do not represent a judiciary in crisis

Teeside thugs Corey Savory and Thomas Vernon do not represent a judiciary in crisis

by | 13th, February 2015

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The Press have been going mad for Corey Savory and Thomas Vernon who “wept in the dock but later left the court grinning with arms aloft and thumbs up”.

Two days ago, th e Teeside Gazette reported on a case at Teeside Crown Court. The headline summed things up:

‘Utterly remorseful’ duo walk from court after admitting ‘ferocious’ attack

Savory and Vernon lauched an unprovoked attack on a man minding his own business on Redcar High Street. They they ran away. The victim gave chase. The pair went inside a home. They shut the door. The victim kicked on it. He was then hit from behind by a third person, who has yet to be identified. With their target now on the ground and bleeding, Savory and Vernon opened the front door, stepped out and beat him. The victim says he might have blacked out.

Savory and Vernon are cowards. That much is clear. They are also violent thugs. Cowards often are. But the Press has built their story into a sign that things are falling apart. Before we get to the editorialising, the Gazette report went on:

A pair of violent thugs who attacked a defenceless man on the ground walked free from court laughing and celebrating their freedom. Corey Savory and Thomas Vernon may have wept in the dock, but the 23-year-olds’ mood changed abruptly once they learned their fate. They left Teesside Crown Court grinning with arms aloft and thumbs up, unable to contain their delight at receiving suspended jail terms for a “ferocious” assault… Just minutes earlier, a judge had accepted they showed “genuine remorse” for their crime…

In the courtroom, Savory put his head in his hands and did not watch as CCTV footage of the assault was played…

Joyous: The vicious thug did not have a care in the world when leaving court

And the victim:

The man later said he had a permanent scar which was a “constant reminder” of the attack. He said the assault contributed to him losing his job and he felt as if people stared at him in the street. He told how he feared another attack as friends of his assailants had called him a “grass”.

A grass? No. He was brave. The cowards got justice.

Or did they?

The duo admitted assault causing actual bodily harm.

Each received an eight-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months with supervision. Each was ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim.

And then the story becomes a cause, a sign that the justice business has gone mad, that the victim was badly let down. And it’s all to do with how Savory and Vernon behaved when they emerged from court. They looked delighted. Anorak saw the picures and thought that understandable. Avoiding prison after the ordeal of a crown court is no small relief. And if you’re guilty as they are it must be surprising, too.  Clearly idiots, the pair then stare down the barrel of the photographer’s lens and big it up, perhaps failing to realise how it might play out. Now when every employer, friend, relative or child looks up their names online they will see the pictures and read of the crime.




The Daily Express accuces them of “hoodwinking” the court. This would

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