Originally Posted by boristhebold
The court should fine the naval chap loads of money for wasting tax payers money. Pleading not guilty is just a joke. What is he trying to prove.
Well he either has a credible defence (who knows we've not heard it yet) or his legal team have advised him that the crown may not have a strong case (and it is entirely right that a defendant can put the crown to the test - it is not a 'waste of taxpayers money' that the Crown should have to prove their case, it is a founding principle of our judicial system) or he is just really hopeful/badly advised! It will be interesting to see the other side of the story!
However by choosing to go to trial IF FOUND GUILTY he will effectively pay 50% extra on his sentence AND as it is an English court he'll have to pay costs which for a multiday trial are going to be not insignificant.