The man who slashed the throat of a policeman had been released on licence halfway through a prison sentence despite being one of Britain's most dangerous criminals.I know, I was astonished too…
He had been released from jail 11 months earlier after serving half of a two-year sentence for causing death by dangerous driving.
Onyenaychi, of Stratford, has a criminal record for violence dating back to the age of 12, often stabbing and slashing his victims and even attacking prison officers in the middle of being sentenced.His contempt for the justice system was total (and of course, pandered to, where the US courts would have had him shackled and dragged into the dock):
The dock was empty as the verdicts were returned as Onyenaychi refused to leave the cells, as he had done throughout the trial.And despite this, the ConDem’s criminal advocate is shrugging his shoulders and admitting there’s not much he can do, see, because those judges, they just don’t respect his authority:
Justice Secretary Ken Clarke today claimed that judges would scupper any attempt by MPs to impose a mandatory prison term for juveniles who use knives.Well, Ken, why try and fail, when you can just not try at all, eh?
But as he warned against moving towards American style sentencing, Mr Clarke warned that judges would "find a way" to get round any rules that MPs imposed.So make sure there’s no proviso. Or is that too much like hard work/likely to get thrown out by our EU masters*?
He cited the example of the existing law requiring a minimum five-year term for those caught with a firearm, claiming that the sentence was often not imposed, despite the will of Parliament, because such legislation often contained a "proviso" that allowed judges to hand out a lighter penalty.
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