Besides, it was getting late, and my decent harpooneer ought to be home and going bedwards
. Suppose now, he should tumble in upon me at midnight --how could I tell from what vile hole he had been coming?
He said: "Bedward's attitude at the trial showed a complete lack of insight into the risk he was running and the danger he was posing to everybody else." He also warned of that Bedwards handywork could have had "devastating consequences" comparable to the gas explosion in a mid-terrace house in Salford, Manchester last week.
Christopher Bedward, of Island Road, Handsworth, was jailed for two and a half years after police found him sitting in his lounge in his underwear with four burners running in his kitchen.
Richard Dewsbury, prosecuting, said that British Gas fitted a pre-payment meter to his supply when Bedward failed to pay his bill for pounds 1,500.
But Bedward replaced it with an ordinary credit meter he took from a void property.