October 18, 2011

Upholding the jail terms given to Blackshaw and Sutcliffe-Keenan, the Lord Chief Justice said the men had used technology for crime – and it was wrong to suggest their offences had been minor simply because they had not gone door-to-door encouraging people to riot.

“It is a sinister feature of these cases that modern technology almost certainly assisted rioters in other places,” he said. “What both these appellants intended was to cause very serious crime. All this was incited at a time of sustained countrywide mayhem.

“The (sentencing) judge was fully justified in concluding that deterrent sentences were appropriate. These offenders were caught red-handed.”

Blackshaw, from Northwich in Cheshire, and Sutcliffe-Keenan, from Warrington, both pleaded guilty to an offence under the Serious Crime Act 2007, which carried a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment.

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