I've heard it all now!
A 19 year old drug dealer who pleaded guilty to possession of 83 wraps of heroin with intent to supply, and was even filmed hiding his drugs stash behind the bumper of his car, has been freed by a judge because our jails are "too full". Even the defendant's own solicitor told him that a custodial sentence was inevitable.
The man was given a 12 month jail sentence, suspended
for 18 months, and 100 hours community service!
The judge is quoted as saying "you knew exactly what you were doing. You have, however, pleaded guilty, you are a young man and we are urged not to imprison young men for offences of this nature if they are of a comparatively minor scale."
WTF is going on here???!!!??? I was under the impression that 2 hits of heroin is enough to ruin someones life?? So, if I go out and kill or maim 41 people later today, it'll be seen as relatively minor? Yeah, right!
It's worth mentioning that this is a country which jails pensioners for failure to pay a small proportion (e.g. less than £100) of their council tax because they can't afford to pay it!!
Could this sort of thing really happen in your country? How would he have been dealt with where you live?
Honestly, I throw my hands up in complete disbelief!!
[Edited 2006-01-04 08:07:29]
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