The men became the first to be sentenced by crown court judges for their involvement in the mass civil disobedience that swept England.
Jordan Blackshaw, 20, and Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, were jailed for four years each for inciting the disorder on Facebook despite both being of previous good character.
Blackshaw created an event on the site entitled \’Smash Down Northwich Town\’, while Sutcliffe-Keenan encouraging a riot on the same site.
As was pointed out in the comments a few days back, the setences for riot arising from Bradford were in hte three to four year range.
Perhaps one of our resident lawyers can tell us whether \”incitement to\” normally carries the same sort of sentence as \”actually doing it\”?
This is utter stupidity of course:
Theresa May signalled police are to get tough new powers to create “no go areas” with blanket curfew orders.
The police already have all the powers they need: see any rioting at the moment? But then Home Sectretaries always, but always, seem to see their job as eroding our rights rather than protecting them.
In a separate hearing at Manchester Crown Court, Michael Gillespie-Doyle, 18, of Tameside, David Beswick, 31 and Stephen Carter, 26, both from Salford, were all jailed for their part in events last week.
Gillespie Doyle, who has at least 12 previous convictions for violence and dishonesty, was jailed for two years after being caught \”red-handed\” by police about to steal cigarettes in a Salisbury\’s shop in Manchester.
Beswick, a coach driver and father-of-one, mouthed the word `Ouch` after being jailed for 18 months for handling stolen goods.
And Carter, 26, stormed out of the dock after being given a 16-month prison sentence for handling £500 worth of shirts and shoes stolen from the Pretty Green boutique owned by Liam Gallagher.
A fourth defendant, Linda Boyd, 31, who has 62 previous convictions, was given a 10 month jail term suspended for two years after she was caught trying to drag away a £500 haul of alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco.
But why does the bird get the suspended sentence?