Thursday, February 14, 2008

Fatal "Happy Slap" Videographer Guilty of Aiding and Abetting

A 15 year-old British girl faces jail time after pleading guilty to aiding and abetting in the "happy slap" manslaughter of a West Yorkshire man.

The teen videotaped the incident on her cell phone.

According to Wikipedia, "Happy slapping is a fad in which an unsuspecting victim is attacked while an accomplice records the assault (commonly with a camera phone or a smartphone)."

Grahame Stowe, a criminal lawyer with Grahame Stowe Bateson, a law firm in Yorkshire, said: “More than ever before young people are turning to extreme violence, in some cases for no reason other than entertainment.

... He added: “The principle that videoing a criminal offence taking place can be considered aided and abetting could have some serious ramifications.”

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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