What did I learn today – Trial by Combat
May 28, 2014
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Who said motorcyclists aren’t reasonable people? Especially the old school bikers.
And what better way to reason and argue a £25 fine than trial by combat?!?
In December 2002, a 60-year-old mechanic named Leon Humphreys was fined £25 for failing to notify the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) that he had removed his Suzuki motorcycle from road usage. He refused to pay and claimed that he had the right, under medieval law, to choose a trial by combat with a “champion” nominated by the DVLA. This claim was denied by a court of magistrates in Bury St Edmunds, and he was further fined.
I say let them throw down the gauntlet (or motorcycle glove) and allow for a champion of justice to go face to face with a champion of defense. That is if the defender can’t fend for himself that is.
Disclaimer : the old guy in the photo is not Leon Humphreys. That’s all.