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Another great day for British “justice” – 2

February 24, 2008
Thanks to the Wolverhampton Express & Star for bringing us yet another example of how the judicial system looks after the criminal, rather than the victim.
Two predators who attacked lone women in the West Midlands in a series of terrifying kidnaps and robberies have had their 10-year jail sentences cut.

Nathan Hamilton, aged 24, and 28-year-old Jobari Blake stole jewellery including wedding and engagement rings from their victims before driving them to cashpoints for more money. The pair attacked random women in Wolverhampton and Birmingham, often targeting them as they got into their cars after shopping, between May and June last year.

The sentencing judge at Birmingham Crown Court said at the time the robbers showed callous disregard for the victims in taking the jewellery,

In one case a woman’s plea to be left alone because her husband had cancer was ignored.

One victim was snatched from a supermarket in Wolverhampton, while other was taken from a shopping centre in Perry Barr and several abductions took place in the Handsworth area of Birmingham.

Jail sentences of 10 years were imposed on each of the thugs after they pleaded guilty to five counts of kidnapping and five robberies last September, were yesterday cut to eight years by appeal judges.

Lord Justice Dyson, sitting with Mr Justice Collins and Mr Justice Maddison at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, cut the sentences by two years each, after saying the previous judge passed sentences that were too long.

Lord Dyson said: “These were carefully planned offences, targeting lone women, and subduing them using violence of necessary.

“Although the physical injuries were not of the most serious kind, the emotional and psychological harm caused was incalculable.

“But despite the gravity of these offences, we have been persuaded that the sentences imposed were too high, taking into account the roles of the two in the offending and the low intelligence and suggestibility of Hamilton.”

Hamilton is of Shakespear Street, Sparkhill, while Blake is of Collymore Avenue, Bromford.

Lord Justice Dyson made the ruling after saying the pair were not the ringleaders of the gang and had not physically harmed any of the victims themselves.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. John permalink
    February 26, 2008 08:38

    but but but… they KIDNAPPED people!!

  2. annette permalink
    February 26, 2008 14:43

    Just what is going on?!!

  3. Plodnomore permalink
    February 26, 2008 22:16

    Why oh why can’t the judiciary give sentences to run consecutively? If these pond life had abducted several women they should have been sentenced to several terms of imprisonment, starting a new one when the first one expired. Oh yes, I forgot, the judiciary aren’t subject to the same pressures of modern life that the rest of us are.

  4. annette permalink
    February 27, 2008 14:33

    Why do they keep doing this, reducing sentences I mean?
    Are thye hearing some sort of evidence that we have not heard ?Do you know what I mean? Some sort of excuse for their behaviour?
    I agree with plodnomore they should do a sentence for each offence to run consecutive.

  5. jerym permalink
    February 27, 2008 17:33

    So thats eight years for the lot.If they dont kidnap or kill while inside they will be let out after four years so for five kidnappings that works out at about ten months in prison per offence and thats not counting the other robberies.What sort of message is this to all the up and coming low life this country is turning out by the hour?

  6. anony_mouse permalink
    February 27, 2008 22:37

    The judges want hanging by there bollocks, unbelievable! Please let there be a revolution soon, sanity has to be brought back one way or another.
    I’ve read about the police being armed with tazers recently, sod that, arm the police with shotguns to blow these low life scum away. Am i talking about the criminals or the judges, aint too sure about that one, probably both!

  7. marc permalink
    February 28, 2008 00:55

    I wonder if the sentences would have been reduced if the victims had been relatives, friends or members of the same golf club as the appeal court judges??

  8. Uncle Guvnor permalink
    February 29, 2008 21:13

    A typical example of court buffoonery from people who have absofuckinglutely no concept of what it’s like to be a victim of a crime

  9. TheBinarySurfer permalink
    February 29, 2008 22:32

    Tsk tsk commenters – didn’t you know that the laws have changed apparently today – it’s ok if you terrorised people as long as you’re sorry…

    Apparently.

  10. March 5, 2008 22:15

    Vigilantes? Not far away I fear!!

  11. Blueknight permalink
    March 8, 2008 23:52

    This happened in Sussex –

    A man who savagely beat his gentle landlord to death has been cleared of murder – because he was drunk.

    Darren Blackley, 29, kicked, punched and stamped on 50-year-old David Wilson even using a child’s cricket bat in the attack.

    But he was found not guilty of murder after a jury accepted that he could not have intended the murder as he was inebriated.

    Victims groups and legal experts last night warned the verdict was a “dangerous precedent” which could see thousands of violent criminals using alcohol abuse as an excuse.

  12. Legal Eagle permalink
    March 11, 2008 12:21

    Lord Juctice Dyson…. well known within the legal community for making bizarre and totally insane decisions.

    Wonderful when you’ve got a senile Judiciary isnt it…

  13. Vigil Anti permalink
    March 29, 2008 08:55

    We live in a society where the only people who are important are the poor criminals, who for social, mental or drug related reasons cannot possibly be guilty of criminal behaviour, and should they even be considered guilty the “do gooders” jump up and down demanding rights for these poor people.

    Get real, why sentence them to protracted jail sentences if they are found guilty beyond resonable doubt the only sentence possible capital punishment, it eliminates repeat offenders and prison overcrowding.

  14. No faith anymore permalink
    April 2, 2008 15:36

    These judges do not know the meaning of crime (and, believe me, I have intimate acquaintance with one). A bit of trouble and the police are soon around to sort things out. The more corrupt get their problems banged up on a whim. They really do not know what it is to experience crime and the way it is dealt with by the CJS for the vast majority of us ordinary, law-abiding, decent folk.

    Cutting sentences is not the way to go. When are all these do-gooders going to realise that there is a hard-core of evil – yes, evil, even though I’m not a religious person – in some people that cannot be eradicated or dealt with by excusing and exonerating and softly, softly? Some people are just plain thoroughly bad to the core.

    And this defence of drunkenness…? I’m astounded. It was drummed into us when I did my LawSoc CPE that drunkeness was NEVER a defence, that the offender had a choice and the responsibility for getting drunk in the first place and therefore created the conditions whereby s/he offended and thus was liable. This is much more than a dangerous precedent – it flags the open floodgates for any and every drug of choice offender to plead not guilty and get away with murder; it flags a massive sea change in English law. And yet another one that favours the criminal at the expense of the victim. It’s yet another type of case that the lazy, incompetent CPS will refuse to take on because they ‘can’t be ‘sure of getting a conviction’.

  15. April 5, 2008 13:55

    I think you’re being a little harsh on these two young whipper snappers. I mean, they were thoughtful enough to DRIVE these women to the cashpoints when they could easily have made them walk or take the bus. It’s good to see such courtesy and good manners in our young people.
    Also, it was nice to see that they waited until AFTER these ladies had done their shopping. Could you imagine how upset the ladies would have been if they had been beaten up, kidnapped, robbed, terrified and then had to go home with nothing to make their menfolk for tea?
    Come on, who can honestly say that as young boys they did not scrump for apples, ring doorbells and run away or rob, kidnap and mentally cripple for life defenceless, lone women?
    Yours,

    K Noyes,

    Parkhurst,

    Isle of Wight.

  16. April 21, 2008 17:22

    Typical Daily Mail readers responses.Incararating people almost indefinitely simply isn’t the answer. It doesn’t work in the USA and it won’t work here. What we need to do is look beyond what these guys did there must be a deeper cause, Especially if they were born during the Thatcher years. The government has today sured up the banks with £50 billion pounds. If that sort of money was spent on benefits or improving low wages.These kids wouldn’t be rotting unecessarily in prison. When I do a court file I always put on the points to assist that the court should always listen very carefully and act on the probation services report.Flinging everyone in jail isn’t the answer the sentences should have been cut further, but well done to the judges to have the balls to treat these lads fairly despite all the baying for blood!

  17. May 25, 2008 20:55

    WTF??? This is a disgrace but why doesnt it surprise me, this happens all over the country at the end of the day if these b*s**rds are in jail they cannot commit offences against the general public, the longer they stay there the safer the public will be, the judicary need to remember they might just free the person that kills their son/daughter!!!

  18. James permalink
    May 28, 2008 04:42

    The post points out that the two crooks in question were apparently small fry who didn’t actually contribute much, and that at least one of them was too pigshit-thick to know any better anyway.
    Looks a bit different when you consider that, doesn’t it?

  19. henry permalink
    August 10, 2008 06:26

    I’m Ex-Job so I have certain views.
    My suggestion is that those in prison, and preferably until they are dead or 60, should have no rights.
    The commission of crime is a choice. No one makes you do it. Therefore…
    Banged up – no telly or computers, no books unless of an academic or religious nature.
    Porridge for breakfast and lunch and vegetable soup and bread for tea.
    Visitors only through plate glass.
    Any misbehaviour earns you another year in the slammer.

    No pool tables or gymnasiums. No stupid hair-dos or fancy clothes, just a pink boilersuit.

    Unless you want another year, of course.

    Prisons overcrowded? Well, build more of them.

    The less scum on the streets the better we shall live.

    Call me old-fashioned but I’ve been there, done the Job, and blah, blah, blinking blah.

    Love and luck, comrades.

  20. Tony F permalink
    September 30, 2008 17:29

    “Banged up – no telly or computers, no books unless of an academic or religious nature.”

    Give the bible to muslims, koran to jews, torah to christians. With a bit of luck, they will either all suicide or kill each other.

  21. Dave Ketchup permalink
    March 21, 2009 03:11

    This sort of shite needs to be sorted out, and fast. It won’t be long before the streets are patrolled by vigilante groups while the police are confined to the stations filling in diversity monitoring forms and going on cultural awareness training sessions.

    I’ve had enough – if four years of a BNP government is what is needed to send a message to the morons in charge right now, then they can have my vote. I feel bad for my grandfather who fought the Nazis in WW2, but I know damn well he didn’t fight for the UK to be taken over by home-grown imbeciles with dictatorial tendencies.

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