Judge: ‘Case is a waste of time and money’

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A JUDGE called assault proceedings against a man serving life for murder as a “bit of a waste of time and money”.

Richard Goss is six months into a 13-and-a-half year sentence for the murder of John Whitham in Blackpool, following an orgy of drink and drugs.

Mr Whitham, 49, was punched, kicked and stamped on by Goss, now aged 21, at the former Castleton Hotel on Central Drive, Blackpool.

Before committing that offence he had carried out an assault in Blackpool, resulting in actual bodily harm.

At a sentencing hearing before Preston Crown Court, the judge Recorder Roger Farley questioned what was the point of the exercise.

He said: “He gets a few months concurrent, that’s all I can do.”

Goss had spent three months on remand.

Defence barrister Chris Hudson said the aggrieved in the assault case was an alcoholic and could not be traced.

Imposing a six-month sentence, to run concurrently with the life term, the judge said: “It is a bit of a waste of time and money, this exercise.”