Riot sentence appeals heard at High Court
PUNISHMENT for rioters needs to be severe because of the public outcry over the offences, the High Court heard yesterday.
But the way sentencing started — with one judge demanding all involved in the August events be jailed — could have been “a recipe for chaos”, the Lord Chief Justice said.
Lawyers for Jordan Blackshaw, 20, of Northwich, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, of Warrington, told three Court of Appeal judges what their clients had done was “monumentally foolish”.
But they urged the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, sitting in London with Lord Justice Thomas and Lord Justice Leveson, to rule their sentences were too long.
The judges are hearing 10 cases — the first challenges by defendants jailed for their part in the riots.
All the appeals and applications for leave to appeal before the court are from Crown Court cases involved in the rioting and looting in several English cities.
One of the key issues is whether tough sentences handed down were “proportionate” in the light of the seriousness of the riots or excessive.
A judgement is expected next week.