Tuesday 12 August 2008

Crime Doesn't Pay...?

I think Gary McCready would disagree:
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).

Gary McCready, 24, together with two other men, punched a man in the face and stole his Ford Focus on Southend seafront.
Doesn't sound too lenient, for the UK in 2008? Well, read on:
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).

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.”
Oh, and there's more:
McCready, who has 20 previous convictions, asked for a further eight offences to be taken into consideration.

The two prison sentences are to run concurrently.
Mr McCready's making a nice living out of his 'job', isn't he..?

Better than most people, I'd say!


Anonymous said...

This charmer also fits the bill.


I love the 'difficult childhood...spur of the moment' bit as well.

Anonymous said...

"Judge Julian Lambert made the unusual decision to lift the reporting restrictions that prevent the media from naming offenders under 18, on the grounds of public interest."

Sounds a lot like 'Oh, Christ, I know the prison service will let you out in 3 years, so I'm at least going to let the poor bloody public take a good look so they'll be able to see you coming next time...'.

"The court heard how Harrison - who refused to answer any questions in police interviews - had previous convictions for robbery and taking vehicles without consent."

Well, of course. Prison really works, doesn't it? At least, it does when they stay inside...