Friday, July 13, 2007

Kids do the darndest things

We make jokes in the office about "young Islington" but even we wouldn't have dared make up the story about the two sixteen years olds who've ended up in custody in Ghana. According to the Telegraph:
Their parents, who thought they were on a trip to France organised by their school, the Islington Arts and Media School, were said to be "devastated"

According to an interview conducted from their jail cells by PA:
"It was basically like a set up. They didn't tell us nothing, we didn't think nothing, cos basically we are innocent. We don't know nothing about this drugs and stuff, we don't know nothing."



  1. Anonymous10:42 am

    "I swear to God, I swear I never even knew what drugs were"

    Perhaps in this instance the court should let the defence go first to speed things up. The prosecution case will consist of one sentence: "Are you taking the piss or what?"

  2. Presumably these little darlings have been brought up on far too much Enid Blyton, and whilst walking the streets of Islington looking for the Magic Faraway Tree, and imbibing lashings of ginger beer were waylaid by an Uncle Quentin-type offering them three grand to have a smashing holiday and bring back 'something in a bag'.

    Ten years *bangs gavel*

  3. I still can't work out whether these girls are jaw-droppingly dense or very bad liars. But judging by the Pollardisms in the interview, it's probably the former. I'm torn between feeling sympathy for them and wanting to bang their stupid bloody heads together.

    I wonder what the tabloids are making of this. Surely even they can't be adopting their usual "it's them dirty foreigners imprisoning our innocent English roses" line for this one?

    BTW, that Telegraph link's missing an "h" at the start, David.

  4. What happens to the days when kids endeavours to make money only resulted in such schemes as picking plants out of Auntie Sue's garden to sell.

  5. Anonymous4:34 pm

    Apparently they thought the bags were empty. But apparently, the cache was about 14lbs.

    Whatever else, they must be quite strong in the arm...

  6. Hmmm, this just goes to prove that if ignorance is no defence, we're going to need bigger prisons.

  7. Anonymous10:02 am

    I won't be surprised if the pictures offered for newspaper publication are the usual school portrait: uniformed,smiling,scrubbed,innocent faced cherubs.

  8. i miss the screaming hordes of purple schoolgirls howling down penton street since my temporary exile to the north. i can't wait to get back.