Burglar's derisory stretch shows judiciary and MPs live in a different world
AS reported in Tuesday's Grimsby Telegraph, that convicted burglar Carl Walker had ransacked an elderly couple's home after duping them into thinking he was helping them – he had 54 previous convictions and was carrying a concealed knife during the offence.
But for all this he receives what I consider to be a derisory sentence of two years for the burglary and three months for the knife offence – in reality he will serve under half this sentence.
If nothing else it shows that previously lenient sentences have proved to be no deterrent whatsoever. When will our elected representatives stop making crowd pleasing, tough speeches on law and order, and instead do something to bring about tougher sentencing policies?
I suspect the main reason is that the judiciary and our MPs live in a totally different world to the majority of us.
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