A robber who was part of a gang which struck three times in one day has been sentenced to two years and nine months in jail (Ed - with automatic sentence reduction, that'll be one year and five months).Doesn't sound too lenient, for the UK in 2008? Well, read on:
Gary McCready, 24, together with two other men, punched a man in the face and stole his Ford Focus on Southend seafront.
McCready of Pitseaville Grove, Pitsea, had been sentenced, back in May, to four-and-a-half years for other offences, including two knifepoint robberies on the Co-op, in Butneys, Basildon (Ed - two years, three months).Oh, and there's more:
At Basildon Crown Court, Judge Michael Brooke said: “These matters should have been brought before Southend Crown Court at the same time as those matters to which I have just alluded.
“Good sentencing practice means he should have been sentenced for these matters together. The fact is they were not.
“The sentencing I am embarking on, is to achieve what the result of that would have been.”
McCready, who has 20 previous convictions, asked for a further eight offences to be taken into consideration.Mr McCready's making a nice living out of his 'job', isn't he..?
The two prison sentences are to run concurrently.
Better than most people, I'd say!