Riot sen­tence ap­peals heard at High Court

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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.

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