Yet again, another shockingly poor sentence handed down to someone who attacks our emergency services
Monday 16th July | by Cop(ex) | Connect with us on Twitter |
A shoplifter who assaulted three police officers as they tried to detain him has been given a seven-week suspended prison sentence by Magistrates sitting at Swindon Court.
The Court heard how Michael Douglas, 32, of Crickdale Road, Swindon, stole over £100 of alcohol from a shop on 27th April and assaulted a man before assaulting the three officers.
At the time of the incident, Douglas was also on a Community Order following convictions for criminal damage and for being in possession of a bladed article.
In Court, Douglas admitted all five charges.
Douglas was told that the sentence, suspended for a period of 12 months, was being imposed because of his wilful and persistent failure to comply with the community order…..
The Court also noted how Douglas was a ‘persistent offended’.
The magistrates instructed him to undergo drug treatment for six months and up to 35 rehabilitation days.
He was also told to pay £200 in victim surcharge and prosecution costs.
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Many of our readers will probably wonder why Douglas, who was on a community order at the time of his most recent offences, was spared jail time despite assaulting THREE Police officers AND a member of the public.
We are equally as perplexed.
Few people outside law enforcement will realise that most crime is committed by the same group of career criminals who never show any signs of wanting to change their ways.
During my own ten years of Policing on a 999 response team, most of the time we would end up arresting the same faces over-and-over again.
We knew who all of the local prominent criminals were, whether their ‘chosen’ criminal path was to break into the houses of vulnerable people, rob people on the street or sell drugs on the streets and in local crack houses.
Perhaps if we started to put career criminals into prison for longer periods, then surely the crime rates would go down?
I am fairly sure that most people would be happy to pay an extra couple of quid a year in taxes, if it meant that more prisons were built to house people who notch up conviction after conviction after conviction.
Or perhaps rather than sending £12 Billion each year to counties such as India (who have their own Space program as well as their own nuclear weapons which costs quite a few quid) then we could instead build more prisons?
Assaulting the Emergency Services MUST be treated with harsher sentences – we can only hope that the Assaults on Emergency Workers Bill will soon be on the Statute books!
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