Stephen Beerling, a one-legged Navy veteran, could have been excused for not intervening when he heard a mother with a baby being harassed by thugs in England. Instead, he grabbed a rusty retractable truncheon that had long been in one of his drawers. After rescuing the mother and baby, he was charged with use of an “offensive weapon”– as opposed to those non-offensive weapons that one might bring to an assault and battery.
Beerling, 52, dialled 999 before running to the aid of the mother and baby. He was thrown in jail for 12 hours and criminally charged for his act.
After the public outcry, prosecutors finally agreed to drop the charge. Kent Police and Senior Crown Prosecutor Janet Garnon-Williams said in a statement: “A decision has been taken jointly to discontinue the case as there is not a realistic prospect of conviction.”
As for one of those men threatening a mother and child, he was charged with possession of cannabis and fined £100 by Maidstone magistrates.
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