I am genuinely surprised that his lawyer didnt claim his human rights had been breached because he had been filmed with out his consent or knowledge and that the video images of him had been handed over without his permission.
This has happened before where the victim has been charged under the data protection act because they knew who had done the crime and sent their details to the fuzz. The guy was arrested and the crim got off.
A serial burgler who commited more of the same while on bail. Surely this sort of charachter should be attracting a long prison sentance to keep him off the streets. This little ****** has clearly stated his intention not to live by the law by repeat offences and the public should be protected from him for many many years.
From a different case affecting some close friends, the offendors previous cannot be disclosed at the time of trial but will be considered when deciding the sentence. In there case the person was charged with theft totally Â£40,000 over 5 years, had a previous of the same from a charity and still only got 60 hours community and the friends ended up paying for costs.
Previous convictions are not disclosed during a trail to the Judge or Jury.
But are disclosed in full to the Judge before sentencing.
I served on a Jury early last year, and wanted to hang the guy on the first day. He got 6 years with 3 suspended (Not the type of suspended I had in mind) This was for Death by Dangerous Driving. He was banned from driving for 12 months as he already had 9 points and ordered to re-sit his test.....