A judge has branded a law “toothless” for stopping him giving a thug an eight-year sentence for “appalling” violence against strangers.Not his first attack, not by a long chalk:
Instead, Judge Scott Wolstenholme could only pass a five-year extended sentence on Samuel Mark Ackroyd for leaving one complete stranger with a broken cheekbone and another with broken teeth, and both with blurred vision.
Four years ago, Judge Jonathan Durham Hall QC warned Ackroyd: “There’s something wrong with you. This is unnatural behaviour.”Except…it isn’t.
He’s reasoned that, since there’s very little chance of harsh punishment (or even any punishment) for getting blotto and attacking random strangers, why not do it?
Despite getting a suspended sentence, after his father told the judge he was reforming his drinking habits, Ackroyd continued the career of violence he began when he was 16.Shocker, eh?
His barrister, Laura Addy, said he recognised he had a problem with alcohol and was remorseful for his actions. When not in drink he was a very different person.I bet they have a better way of dealing with aggressive, antisocial drunks:
His family were very supportive but “do not condone anything he does”. On his release, he wanted to work on oil rigs.
Hope you can swim, Sammy boy…