In mitigation the barristers put forward arguments on behalf of their clients but most acknowledged long prison sentences are due to be handed out today.As I scanned down the list of predictable excuses, one caught my eye:
Anjum Dogar showed one of the girls he abused “kindness” and got caught up in the “culture of Cowley Road” , his barrister has claimed.And…what ‘culture’ would that be?
Lee Karu QC, defending, said that Dogar had been convicted of crimes that only took place within a period of two years, from 2004 to 2006.
He said: “Our submission is that, given the nature of the culture of Cowley Road, he in 2004 was a 22-year-old young man. Two years after he was 24.
“The reality is he was caught up with the culture.No, I'm still not seeing it. Can you be more specific about this ‘culture’? Can you describe it to me?
“If he had been fortunate enough not to be brought up in the Cowley Road area things may have been different, but that is where he was.”*shrugs* I guess we’ll never know just what he meant…
Still, it is at least better than the old ‘But sir, they did it too, and much worse than me!'
Akhtar Dogar’s lawyer acknowledged his crimes were “extremely serious” but said the case involved other “worse forms of behaviour” .Oh. Right. Well, that’s possibly the worst excuse since the parent-murderer demanded clemency due to the fact he was an orphan!
The defence barrister also said the crimes did not deserve an extended sentence.
He said: “The reality is two thirds of a long sentence is a long sentence in itself.”Not long enough. Not by far.