We covered the curious case of Caroline Starmer when she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice on 24th September 2015.
In brief, Ms Starmer falsely claimed that she was breastfeeding in Primark in July when a security guard approached her and ordered her to leave the store. She declined, saying that she had a right to breastfeed there. At that point, the security guard ripped her baby off her and walked out of the store.
Ms Starmer first made the allegation on a Facebook group called Freedom to Feed. These were repeated in an interview with the local media.
There are still no real details of why she did what she did.
Ms Starmer was sentenced on 3rd December 2015. Back in September, we said that “we would guess a sentence in the range of 6-9 months, with the main issue being whether it can be suspended“. How did we do?
Well, it seems that Ms Starmer was sentenced to 8 months, suspended for 2 years. So pretty much as we expected.
There are no reports in the press of the sentencing remarks, so we have no real idea of why the Judge decided to suspend the sentence. We will return to this if more information becomes available.
It is worth remembering that when the story broke, people were quick to condemn Primark. Maybe this case will serve as a reminder not to be too hasty in rushing to a judgment.