2 PCSO’s see a raggedy man walking along a Cheshire road. They approach him, he discards a bag and runs away. He is apprehended and the bag contains wraps of heroin.
He is charged with Possession of class A drugs with intent to supply. He is remanded in custody
He (Paul) is thin, with rotten teeth. His parents died 10 years ago. He met a girl, whom he fell in love with, who had a drug habit. He sold drugs to support her habit. His debt to the supplier of those drugs escalated to £10,000 (there’s no fixed APR here)
The supplier of those drugs is a cruel, ruthless capitalist.
He has 2 previous convictions for selling drugs to his druggy associates, to service his habit and his debt.
Section 110 of the Power of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 means Paul will be sentenced to at least 7 years in Prison for the new offence. (it’s a 3 strike law)
He is a lovely person and will be filling up an overcrowded dirty violent human warehouse for at least 4 years, at a cost of £50,000 a year.
So even the persuasive charms of Paul Darnborough Crown Court Advocate could not wring any mercy from the court. Even though I played football with the Judge. His hands are tied by statute.
That’s why the Judiciary should be free from the executive (Parliament)