Monday, February 08, 2010

Canadian justice waits on Noel

Last week, the guy who pushed Noel Gallagher over on stage was due to hear his sentence.

In the end, though, there was no sentence passed, as Noel Gallagher announced that he wanted to make a witness impact statement.

But prosecutor Ruth Kleinhenz on Friday requested an adjournment that would allow Mr. Gallagher to travel to Toronto from the United Kingdom to read his statement. As well, Ms. Kleinhenz said she needed to study a pre-sentencing report.

Reluctantly, Mr. Justice Richard Schneider agreed, calling the delay “unfortunate in the extreme.”

It's far from clear why, if making an impact statement was so important to Gallagher, he couldn't have turned up on the day.

The pushing man, Danny Sullivan, is now left hanging - not literally, the Canadian courts aren't that illiberal, while Noel gets his butt over to Toronto. The prosecution had been seeking a delay until April, when Noel was hoping to fit turning up in court into his busy schedule of... well, all those things that Noel fills his day with.

Interestingly, Liam hasn't asked to share with the court how he felt when he went running away like an elephant spying a mouse.

Noel is apparently planning to try and sue Danny Sullivan for two million dollars - money that he knows Sullivan can't possibly have, and which would be better supporting his family with. (If Gallagher really must sue someone, wouldn't the people who were supposed to be providing his security be a more obvious point for the lawsuits to be heading?)

Everyone - except Noel - will be back in court tomorrow to set a new schedule.

[Thanks to Alice P for the story]