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

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