I was amazed to see a custodial sentence of eight months handed out for racial chanting to a father of two with no previous convictions.
In the same edition of the Chronicle it was reported that many of the thugs who wrecked Harborough Hills WMC escaped with cautions or suspended sentences.
The idea of jail is to protect the public from danger, and to make the punishment fit the crime. I’m not sure what danger the accused presented to the wider public.
I have tremendous respect for the victim, who showed commendable dignity, and his suggestion of face-to-face mediation, was innovative. I cannot see any positives from this sentence.
The children will be without a father for eight months and prison will cost the taxpayer approaching £100,000.