Judges ‘soft on career burglars’
THREE out of four serial burglars are getting a “soft” jail term – despite judges being told they should serve three years or more.
A total of 2,262 burglars with three convictions were jailed in the last three years – but only 602 for the recommended term.
Of 1,660 treated lightly, 80 had jail suspended, 34 got community orders and 727 got seven months less for a guilty plea, Ministry of Justice figures reveal.
Judges get leeway in the 1999 Powers of the Criminal Court (Sentencing) Act but must give reasons. Tory MP Philip Davies, said: “These figures are a disgrace. Burglary is a serious offence which brings misery to victims yet soft judges ignore the clear will of Parliament.”
The Ministry said: “Decisions are a matter for independent judiciary who consider the full facts.”
’DISGRACE’ Philip Davies