I WAS disturbed to learn of the 56-year-old woman who was spared a custodial sentence after being found guilty of driving with a blood-alcohol level five times the legal limit – pleading that her excessive drinking was due to Covid!

So there you go folks – a “Get out of jail free card”, courtesy of the pandemic.

“Sorry, yer Honour! I only turned to burglary because of Covid.”

“Sorry, Sir, I only turned to using methamphetamines and cocaine because of stress over Covid.”

“Sorry, Ma’am! It was Covid that got me so angry that the only way I could cope was to go out and batter someone.”

... and so ad infinitum!

Robert Readman
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