Superintendent Stuart Blaik, who led the investigation, said Henry Long, Jessie Cole and Albert Bowers had shown 'not an ounce of remorse' as they were jailed for 16 years and 13 years respectively.
It means two of the three thugs who killed the police constable as they tried to steal a quad bike will be back on the streets in just eight years. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is life with a term of 24 years.So why didn't they get it?
Simple! The inbuilt discount scheme that immediately knocks off years off the intended sentence if there are 'other factors' in play:
The judge told getaway driver Henry Long, 19, that he would have received this sentence if he was 'a few years older' but it had been discounted because of his age, and due to his guilty plea. He will now serve 10 years and 8 months before being considered for release.
Albert Bowers and Jessie Cole, both 18, were 'not ringleaders', the judge said, so the starting point for their sentences was 20 years. This was reduced to 13 due to their age and because they both have learning difficulties. This means they could be released in eight years.Shouldn't their criminal lifestyles and their lack of remorse have offset these? Yes. But of course, they aren't built into the system. As the wretched families of these utter degenerates know full well:
Some supporters of the defendants wept and gasped as the judge announced his decision. Mrs Harper's mother, Julie Beckett, applauded at the conclusion of the hearing.And incredibly, there are still sections of the police farces set up to laud 'gypsy and traveller culture'.
If this is a culture at all, it's in the sense of what festers in a Petri dish.