A teenager involved in a string of knife and gunpoint robberies in Oxford was last night branded a danger to the public.
Shaquile Bourne showed “little remorse” as he was jailed yesterday.
There’s a picture accompanying that report, but I suggest you sit on your hands before you click the link, or the urge to punch the computer screen in an attempt to wipe the sullen look off his face might become overwhelming…
Recorder Nicholas Cole said his likelihood of reoffending posed “a significant risk to the public of (causing) death or serious injury”.The 17-year-old, who can be named after the Oxford Mail appealed for reporting restrictions to be lifted, used a knife in two of the attacks and was aided by a man with an imitation handgun in another.
Bourne, of Cowley Road in East Oxford, already has a police warning for carrying a knife at school and is awaiting sentence for swinging a blade at a man who told him to turn his music down while travelling on a bus.
A warning for carrying a knife? What happened to those automatic jail sentences then?
Alistair Grainger, defending, said his client’s mother was jailed for three years in 2007 and again in 2011 for drugs offences.
So? Is that supposed to be an excuse?
Recorder Cole sent him to a young offenders’ institute for four years, with an extended period of licence. He will be released in two years and will then serve five years on licence.
I suppose at least we are seeing some truth in reporting court sentences and how much time they really will serve…