Criminal Justice System

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:38 pm on 13th January 2003.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Shadow Minister (Trade and Industry) 3:38 pm, 13th January 2003

Is my right hon. Friend aware of a case that arose in my constituency last week? Gary Callaby admitted three offences of burglary, one of theft and one of arson, and asked for four other offences of burglary to be taken into consideration. The judge said that if the latest guidelines had not come out, it would have been a prison sentence. There is one burglar in my constituency who is laughing, and one judge who is extremely angry about the way in which his hands were tied.