On the killer, who cannot be named because of a court order, he said: ‘It was amazing to learn how many offences he had committed before this – violent offences, robberies. He broke his curfew so many times and nothing was done.’Oh, how I wish it was 'amazing'. Sadly it's not. It's routine.
Mr Grisales’s killer was a member of the Northumberland Park Killers. The Old Bailey heard that the teenage gangster has convictions dating back to the age of 12 for robbery and violence but on each occasion he escaped with a community punishment.
On July 28, 2011, he was ordered to wear an electronic tag, given a curfew and sentenced to a 12-month youth rehabilitation order for burgling a house.
According to police, he broke his curfew conditions more than 20 times, although Enfield Council, which was supposed to be monitoring him, says there were only three violations.
The council said that because the breach fell on a Bank Holiday, there was insufficient time to bring him before the courts before the murder on August 31.And if they had done, the 'punishment' would have been the same as the last 19 (or 2) times, wouldn't it?
The chief inspector of probation, Liz Calderbank, said the rules ‘fall far short of what people have a right to expect’.
She added: ‘In our view you do not change the behaviour of those who offend by giving them the impression that they are subject to stringent requirements only for them to find out they are not. If you are trying to change people’s behaviour you need to be setting clear and simple boundaries.’Well, yes. But who's listening?
The report, published today, will raise major concerns about Justice Secretary Ken Clarke’s plans for a huge expansion of the number of tagged offenders. Probation officers predict the number could rise from 80,000 last year to 180,000.But I suspect, in spite of those 'major concerns', the plans will go ahead regardless.