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This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Hard to Credit.

Thanks to Jerym Eedy for this press report.
If this is true, and if there are no facts that we have not heard, the decision to caution is a dreadful one. This kind of offence (if properly charged by the CPS) would normally be sent to the Crown Court.

Later... This report speaks of Conspiracy to Commit Burglary - an indictable-only offence that magistrates cannot deal with and has to be sent up to the Crown Court. But this one wasn't. Usual caveats about press accuracy apply.