Judges rule ‘no merit’ in sentence appeal bid
Armed robber’s indefinite jail term for ‘protection of the public’
Jason David Lambert, 41, of Terry Drive, Aylesbury, was handed indefinite imprisonment for public protection at Aylesbury Crown Court in June 2006.
The type of sentence – which was branded ‘draconian’ by campaigners and has since been repealed by the government – is almost identical to a life term.
Last Wednesday (May 25) he challenged his punishment at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, arguing it was ‘unlawful’ and saying he had wrongly been condemned as a danger to society.
But his complaints were thrown out by three of the country’s top judges, who said there was ‘no merit’ in his appeal.
The court heard Lambert went on a crime spree between January 23 and February 12 2006, targeting shops and post offices to get cash for his drug habit.
In four separate raids, he robbed a post office in Stoke Mandeville, a Budgens store in Wendover, and a Spar in Aylesbury.
He armed himself with a starting pistol on the first occasion, a knife on the second and a hammer on the third.
Lambert admitted three robberies, theft, attempted theft and two counts of assaulting a police constable during the course of an arrest.
Mr Justice Hickinbottom told the court he had previous convictions for robbery, dating back to 2000, and had used a similar method when carrying out those raids.
Writing to the court, Lambert argued his sentence was ‘unlawful’ because the sentence of imprisonment for public protection no longer exists.
He also said there was not enough evidence for the sentencing judge to treat him as a ‘ dangerous offender’, as no-one suffered harm during the raids.
But, dismissing his appeal, Mr Justice Hickinbottom said the court could not look again at his sentence simply because of changes to the justice system.
Sitting with Lady Justice Rafferty and Judge Keith Cutler, he added: “It is true these offences had not in fact resulted in harm to others.
“However, Lambert had regularly used weapons.
“In the circumstances, the fact serious injury had not been previously caused does not mean that it would not be caused in the future.” SIX MEMBERS of the local Asian Women’s Club handed over a cheque worth more than £4,000 to the Gerrards Cross Colston Hall.
They walked the red carpet at the Memorial Hall earlier this month to hand the cheque over towards the hall’s recent refurbishment and were welcomed by director of services Ken Piercy, treasurer Tony Aston along with events co-ordinator and host of the comedy night Suzie Bower.
The ladies were welcomed at the Colston Hall by Suzie who was hosting the comedy night – the first big community event since the hall’s refurbishment.
Suzie said: “We were delighted the ladies could join us and see the hall since its refurbishment – the comedy night was an ideal chance for the ladies to hand over their substantial cheque and see our community venue bustling with activity. We don’t always have a red carpet but this event was the perfect opportunity.”