It's been a bad week for…

Alan Rashid of Cardiff. Having been found not guilty to the charge of threatening to kill, Rashid was promptly sentenced to two years' imprisonment by Judge Michael Gibbon. It seems that a frog in the throat of the juror swallowed the vital word "not" as he was delivering the not guilty verdict, leaving the court convinced that he had been convicted of the heinous crime.

The family of Derek Bentley, wrongly hanged in 1953. Home Secretary Jack Straw has told them they are not eligible for compensation because Bentley's conviction was overturned on the basis of mistakes by the trial judge and there were no other "sufficiently exceptional" circumstances.

Coronation Street star William Roache, who has petitioned for bankruptcy. Roache, who plays Ken Barlow, decided to meet the Official Receiver rather than wait for one of his creditors to take him to court where he's never been very lucky. His problems began when he sued The Sun for saying he was boring. The award of u50,000 fell far short of the fees he had run up. Things didn't get any better when he tried (unsuccessfully) sue his own lawyers, Peter Carter-Ruck and Partners, for negligence over its handling of the litigation.

General Pinochet. As if having Baroness Thatcher to tea was not bad enough, he now has the wholehearted supported of George Bush, who has described his detention as a "travesty of justice". Bush should know – he was head of the CIA in the mid-1970s when Pinochet was setting up his particular brand of criminal justice system. The list of the great and the good now lining up with tea and sympathy include Lord Lamont, Henry Kissinger and the Pope. He'd probably do better in Spain.