Faith restored in our court system

First published in Opinion

COURTS have been criticised by many people for being too lenient when sentencing offenders.

There are a number who feel the punishment does not fit the crime.

So those that believe appropriate justice is not being meted out must be delighted by the sentences handed out at Bournemouth Crown Court to Oladapo Obadare and Daniel Smedley.

Obadare got eight years for robbery, after terrorising staff at a Poole jeweller’s. He was one of five masked raiders who attacked Forum Jewellers on the Broadway, Broadstone, in broad daylight.

Meanwhile, Smedley was jailed for five and a half years for possessing a firearm, ammo and drugs.

It’s satisfying to report that both men are going to prison for a long stretch.

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10:55am Fri 9 Nov 12

mgibbs says...

Could someone please clarify as to whether these sentences were the total length of the sentences that were laid down, or a minimum tariff of a longer sentence? If it was the former, then they are not really much of a sentence, as they will only serve around half of that time in prison, with the remainder out on licence. If it is the latter, then that is still fairly lenient, and could be much longer.
Could someone please clarify as to whether these sentences were the total length of the sentences that were laid down, or a minimum tariff of a longer sentence? If it was the former, then they are not really much of a sentence, as they will only serve around half of that time in prison, with the remainder out on licence. If it is the latter, then that is still fairly lenient, and could be much longer. mgibbs
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7:05pm Fri 9 Nov 12

s-pb2 says...

Just over 5 years for possessing a firearm and ammunition, the intention of which is to gravely harm or kill someone. I call that a let off!!
Just over 5 years for possessing a firearm and ammunition, the intention of which is to gravely harm or kill someone. I call that a let off!! s-pb2
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7:16pm Fri 9 Nov 12

retry69 says...

And they get a payment when released and a travel warrant to see them on their way nice!
And they get a payment when released and a travel warrant to see them on their way nice! retry69
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4:08pm Sat 10 Nov 12

saynomore says...

It is time that sentences were made to be the whole time served when charged for offences and time added for bad behavior not reduced for "good" behaviour otherwise what is the point.
It is time that sentences were made to be the whole time served when charged for offences and time added for bad behavior not reduced for "good" behaviour otherwise what is the point. saynomore
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8:18pm Sat 10 Nov 12

martin1512 says...

saynomore wrote:
It is time that sentences were made to be the whole time served when charged for offences and time added for bad behavior not reduced for "good" behaviour otherwise what is the point.
The incentive is to rehabilitate people. People always respond better to positive incentives rather than punishments. If you give people a reward for good behaviour, they are more likely to act the way you want them to, rather than punishing them when they transgress. The fact that they are in prison is proof that punishment alone is not an effective deterrent.
[quote][p][bold]saynomore[/bold] wrote: It is time that sentences were made to be the whole time served when charged for offences and time added for bad behavior not reduced for "good" behaviour otherwise what is the point.[/p][/quote]The incentive is to rehabilitate people. People always respond better to positive incentives rather than punishments. If you give people a reward for good behaviour, they are more likely to act the way you want them to, rather than punishing them when they transgress. The fact that they are in prison is proof that punishment alone is not an effective deterrent. martin1512
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2:11pm Mon 12 Nov 12

pete woodley says...

What about the two people who defrauded elderly people,no sentence at all.
What about the two people who defrauded elderly people,no sentence at all. pete woodley
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