See below, from http://www.courtnewsuk.co.uk/
I’d already assumed because of the speed with which people were being sentenced in the riots cases that courts were dispensing with pre-sentencing reports – i.e. the reports that are prepared after conviction or a not guilty plea, to give some guidance on what sort of sentence would be appropriate, based on the offender’s personal circumstances. Apart from any other considerations, the probation service simply won’t have the resources to prepare them, with so many cases going through the courts. And there is a desire – not just from the Government, but I think it’s fair to say, from the public too, to see swift action on holding rioters/ looters to account.
Such reports are not always prepared, but it’s usual practice where a custodial sentence is being considered, or where an offender’s drug problems, etc, come to light during the hearing, to see whether a treatment programme would be a better disposal of the case. What do people think? Do the circumstances warrant a departure from normal sentencing practices? Or does it mean that justice isn’t being done?
JAIL ‘EM ALL! MAGISTRATE SAYS GOVERNMENT HAS ORDERED PRISON STRETCH FOR EVERY RIOTER
Magistrates in London have been ordered pass jail sentences on all those involved in last week’s ‘anarchy’ a court heard today (Mon).
Novello Noades, chair of the bench at Camberwell Green Magistrates’ Court, said the court had been used with a government ‘directive.’
Daniel Anderson, 25, was jailed for six months after admitting to hoarding two looted guitars, an amplifier, flatscreen TV and hair clippers that were stolen from Rock Bottom music store in Croydon.
Dismissing his solicitor’s request for probation to produce a pre-sentence report outlining his personal circumstances, chair of the bench Ms Noades said all those caught up in the disorder would be jailed.
‘Our directive for anyone involved in the rioting is a custodial sentence,’ she said.
‘That is the directive we have had – it is a very serious matter.’