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to think this is the wrong way round

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booyhoo Sun 28-Nov-10 17:04:19

reading local paper and two reports struck me as contradictory. one was a known drug dealer, with previous for same getting arrested and being given 100 hours community serviceand 3 years on probabtion after a raid on his property. the other was a man who smashed a window on a car in an attempted theft. he got 2 months in prison. to me that doesn't seem rational. surely a drug dealer poses a greater risk to the community? why isn't he the one being kept away from it?

spidookly Sun 28-Nov-10 17:07:21

Had the window man no previous convictions?

booyhoo Sun 28-Nov-10 17:09:06

the report didn't say. it just said that he had smashed teh window causing £X amount of damage and had received a two year prison term.

spidookly Sun 28-Nov-10 17:12:20

Hard to compare like with like then, the smashed car window could have been the latest in a long line of similar crimes/break ins/criminal damage.

Of course, one might think that a custodial sentence was not the right thing for this kind of crime and both should have received Community Service.

violethill Sun 28-Nov-10 17:14:49

Yanbu for thinking the drug dealer should have a custodial sentence. However, I disagree that it's just the 'wrong way round' because personally I'd be glad that someone who smashes a car window in an attempted theft, is off the streets (albeit for a measly few weeks)

Hassledge Sun 28-Nov-10 17:16:51

It probably depends on the drug dealing as well - there might be a different approach if you're selling a few friends some dope compared to supplying the entire local neighbourhood with crack.

But yes, it does seem a bit bizarre.

DurhamDurham Sun 28-Nov-10 17:21:25

The fact that he's on drugs is in his favour. It's almost like the fact thats he's addicted to drugs is a mitigating circumstnace. He's only doing it to fund his habit, he would be a law abiding citizen in normal circumstances. It's all v bizarre.

booyhoo Sun 28-Nov-10 18:07:05

sorry, i should clarify i don't think the car smasher shouldn't have gottena sentence. i just think that out of the two cases, i found it strange that he was teh one that did. i agree it was right he should have done. i just don't understand teh logic that dictates a car thief egts a sentence but a drug dealer doesn't.

booyhoo Sun 28-Nov-10 18:08:18

durham, yes, that was something teh judge referred to in his decsion. teh fact that he was dealing to fund his own habit.

spidookly Sun 28-Nov-10 19:10:24

I tend to think that non-violent crimes shouldn't result in custodial sentence, so neither should have ended up in prison.

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