The final report on the sentencing of Davey 'Bonfire' Hertz.
|The van taking Hertz to the court, nicknamed Black Death by those procecuted here, arrived on time. Before hand, there was an eerie calm, but when the secure, bomb proof van turned onto the road, there was a mad scrabble. The media was forced away before Hertz could be escourted into the courts, for their own safety.
Ten minuets later, behind scedual, the car carrying the Seenus duo, Hertz's 'friends', arrived on the scene. Both seemed distressed and niether acknowledged any reporters.
The hearing was due to start at ten o'clock sharp but, due to the presence of cameras after the ongoing debate, the schedualed start began half an hour late.
Many victims' families and friends were in the gallery, watching on with hatrid at the man who distroyed their lives. Alfred Hertz, left orphaned by the brother he had neven even met, was also watching. Before, he told the cameras how he felt:
"I was willing to believe Davey meant good," Alfred Hertz told, "But I now see I was being naive. That monster is not my brother."
The Seenus duo, Carlus (33) and his niece, Stacey (13), and Radford Skatz (29), Hertz alledged girlfriend, were at the front of the gallery, but the general hatrid for Hertz did not extend to his few supporters.
Hertz himself was a sorry sight. When he was brought into the room by the three police officers, he was watching his feet. He looked up, first to the cameras and then to the gallery. The entire room was silent. He took his right hand, bandaged, to his chest and signed 'sorry'.
Hertz had already pleaded guilty to the terrorist attack of February 2003, nicknamed the Feu, which killed thousands of innocent people, two days ago. Today, the crowds had gathered to not only hear Hertz's sentance, but to hear his side of the story.
Hertz's spokeswoman, Caddy Bowney, looked nervous when she stood. Caddy Bowney was the granddaughter of RobertBowney, noted friend of John Hertz, Davey Hertz's father who was killed in the Feu. She read Hertz's statement, which took about two hours.
Hertz's story gripped his audience, both in the gallery and behin the desks. There were many outbursts during the statement, but the first came from Hertz's own supporter, Carlus Seenus, near the beginning.
"A lot of people blame, besides me, the Underground, but it wasn't their fault. The Underground gave me friends, the best things that ever happened to me. I've been useless to them. I'm sorry."
At this point, Seenus burst out that Hertz was "wrong and a coward" and left, followed quickly by his niece. At this point, Hertz did not even look up, again mimed 'sorry' and urged Bowney to continue.
Hertz went on to tell that he "did it for their own good. I meant it for good, but I don't think you saw it that way. I wanted to show you what you were - how much you wanted money. Because it wasn't your money."
At this point , the judge ordered Bowney to "move on quickly". Hertz, though disappointed, agreed.
Hertz made it very clear he accepts the blame for what he did. He also stated that "I wouldn't do it again, but I would if it made you listen to me." The statement went on to tell Hertz'z reason The statement went on to tell Hertz's reasons, which meant his life story and, although many people felt it unnessisary, nobody stopped him. It was a sad tale. It was clear Hertz was desperate for a voice when Bowney read about Hertz's abusive father and his time being the "victim to attacks" in England. None of this, however, was confirmed by anyone else, and many people are skeptical.
"I don't believe it," Mary Brooke (53), mother of two victims, told reporters, "I don't believe a word he says. Mr (John) Hertz was a nice man. He'd never hurt a child. .. No, it's not true. And even if he was telling the truth, it's no excuse. No one made him do what he did."
After hearing Hertz story, the judge sentenced him to life imprisonment for his attacks. Hertz accepted the sentence with a small nod. Many cheered out from the gallery. Others believe it wasn't enough, and called for Hertz to be "put down".
Is tgis the end of a decade of injustice, or is this just the start of another chapter? Eitther way, we can be certain we won't be hearing from Bonfire Hertz for a very long time.