Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lighter sentences for 'desperate' thieves

By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor Last Updated: 1:00am GMT 11/03/2008

Burglars and thieves who steal to fund an addiction to drugs, gambling or drink could escape jail even if they target a vulnerable victim such as an elderly shopkeeper, under new official guidelines.
Judges and magistrates have been told to take an offender's dependency into account when sentencing.


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