Man United's Ravel Morrison in the news for a good deed.
Young Manchester United starlet Ravel Morisson has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. He is a known trouble-maker, with his flashy ways throwing into doubt what some see as one of the brightest futures. Hushed voices from Old Trafford label him as a sure shot success at the club due to his on-field abilities, but his nuisance off the pitch casts a doubt over his days as an United player. Many say he is the finest youth prospect to come through the ranks since a certain Paul Scholes, but all that might be undone if he does not learn to behave.
Yet, news suggest that he has done something positively noteworthy for once, with the player refusing to accept a return of his £600 fine. Reports from Manchester Evening News suggest that he has instead donated the amount to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Ravel was fined in May due to a charge for criminal damage but reports suggest that the case has become increasingly complicated as time has passed on. As of now, he has been commended for recent improvement in his behavior.
The Manchester Evening News report further went on:
The judge at the centre of a controversy which threatens to turn the police bail system on its head has made a dramatic U-turn over his sentencing of a Manchester United starlet.
District Judge Jonathan Finestein fined teenager Ravel Morrison £600 in May after he pleaded guilty to criminal damage following a bust-up with his girlfriend.
But Morrison, from Timperley, was already the subject of a 12-month referral order for an earlier offence of witness intimidation. The court later discovered the fine caused the referral order to be automatically cancelled.
In a separate case, Distict Judge Finestein triggered a national legal storm when he ruled that the ‘detention’ clock continued to run while a suspect was on bail – not just when they were in custody.
Police have to charge or release suspects after four days. That means an end to the practice of releasing people on bail and calling them back for further questioning later without new evidence.
Morrison, 18, was brought back beforeSalfordmagistrates yesterday after the family of the witness intimidation victim complained about the fine.
District Judge Finestein told him that the fine was a mistake and would be quashed – and he could have his money back. But the footballer refused to accept the cash and instead asked for it to be donated to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.
The fine was replaced with an absolute discharge, allowing the referral order to continue.
District Judge Finestein said: “Because the sentence was a genuine mistake, I think I would have the power to pass a different type of sentence.”
He warned Morrison – one of United’s brightest hopes who scored to help his team win the FA Youth Cup in May – that the referral order was now back in place and he would face jail if he breached it.
Morrison had been told in January by District Judge Wendy Lloyd at Trafford Youth Court that he would be locked up for a year if he was convicted of another offence before the end of 2011 – but District Judge Finestein said the criminal damage offence was not technically a breach.
The national bail row triggered by District Judge Finestein – when he refused a routine application from GMP for a warrant of further detention of a murder suspect – is continuing. The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed a bid by GMP to suspend the controversial legal ruling and a full appeal by the force is now due to go ahead on July 25.
Emergency laws will be rushed through the Commons tomorrow and the Lords next week to reverse the decision amid fears the full appeal to the Supreme Court would take too long.
Little things like these can go far as to improving the demeanor and the public image of the troublesome youngster. He is already being scouted by the likes of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona due to his actions that often tends to throw doubts over his future with the Red Devils.