What kind of justice are they handing out over their in the UK??
Owais Dar, 26, of Nelson, Lancashire, thought he was doing the right thing when he caught the boy stealing a bunch of grapes. He drove the teenager to his home and handed him over to his father.
But two days later, at four in the morning, Mr Dar was woken by police banging on the door and was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment.
A senior police officer said Mr Dar’s conduct was ‘intolerable’, and the case should be tried in the public interest because of the disparity in age between the defendant and the boy.
‘I couldn’t believe they showed up at that time. It wasn’t that urgent and aren’t there more serious crimes going on? My father who has now sadly died was very ill at the time and he was quite distressed.’
However, the hearing was told that Mr Dar was arrested because the boy claimed he had been driven around for 15 to 20 minutes.
He also alleged that Mr Dar had slapped his face and threatened him in the car, but was said to have seemed more frightened of his father than the defendant when he arrived home.
The court heard that the teenager, now 16, had been taken off a school roof by police about an hour before the incident and officers confiscated a piece of wood he had been brandishing.
He now had a criminal conviction and at the time had two cautions. A main prosecution witness, a 15-year-old girl, had been serving a sentence in custody, but had been brought in to give evidence.
Mr Dar, who has no criminal convictions, claimed he had not been told immediately where the teenager lived.
Judge Simon Newell told Mr Dar: ‘It would be your word against somebody who is not a person of impeccable
He said it was better to call an ‘honourable draw’ in the situation, and said it was ‘not in the public interest to proceed’.
So instead, after 10 months of fawking with this man and surely interfering with his ability to run his business, they just charged him a $400 fine and kept it moving.