James Forsyth James Forsyth

You couldn’t make it up: Crook freed from jail to look after his five kids

Sometimes I wonder if the judiciary and the human rights culture are just trying to make Richard Littlejohn’s columns look understated. Today’s story in the Daily Mail about how a convicted criminal has been freed from prison because of the effect that his incarceration was having on his children is in real ‘you couldn’t make it up’ territory.

Wayne Bishop, a father of five, had been sentenced to eight months behinds bars after pleading guilty to burglary and dangerous driving. But he has now been freed after judges worried about the effect of his imprisonment on his childcare arrangements given that he and his partner have split up and Bishop has now married another woman.

 The value of the goods that Bishop had stolen was low but theft is theft. On top of this, criminals are sent to prison for a reason and driving through red lights is clearly dangerous.

The message sent out by the courts through this judgement is have lots of children and not be together with their mother and you might get out of jail free. It is hard to think of a more socially damaging message than this.

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