- May 26, 2005
- Tend do walk the 40 meters from my bed to lecture.
A crime is a crime. I loathe unusual legal practice spawned from unusual circumstances. It is just a wrong cause of action.The argument is that it isn't just a case of "robbery" but "robbery taking advantage of mass public disorder". Hence its the crimes themselves that are unusual rather than the treatment that the offenders are receiving.
8 weeks is still too harsh for a couple of bottles of water. For a flat screen TV or a crate of whisky, it might have been justified. But not for a couple of bottles of water.Sentences for robbery can go higher than 6 months, out of the 6 months handed to this guy he will probably serve 8 weeks on good behaviour maybe even less. Personally I don't think that is particularly harsh. On appeal it may even be changed to a suspended sentence where he serves it at home.
That's a six monther right there.This morning the BBC interviewed some looters who drove around in a white van, stopping at various riot locations to fill it up with stolen merchandise.
You are correct. Some traveled a great distance to partake in the mayhem.