Judge to resentence drug dealers who mocked her on Facebook

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UK judge Beverley Lunt will resentence two brothers on a two year suspended sentence after the left they courtroom and dissed her on Facebook.

Daniel and Samuel Sledden both pleaded guilty to selling cannabis from their home.

“Cannot believe my luck 2 year suspended sentence beats the 3 year jail yes pal! Beverley Lunt go suck my ****,” Daniel posted 90 minutes after leaving court. The status update has since been removed.

He then issued an apology:

“I want to say how sorry I am for what I wrote about Judge Lunt and my sentence.  I was very lucky not to be sent to prison and I was very stupid to have written what I did. I want to say sorry to Judge Lunt and to anyone else who was upset or offended by my thoughtless post which I did not mean.”

According to a BBC report, Samuel also posted offensive remarks.

Lunt told the court that their remorse and contrition was a vital component when considering their sentence but said the length of the jail terms was not wrong.  Lunt said that she had been partly persuaded not to send them to prison because there had been no criminal wrongdoing since.

She did say that the conduct of the brothers led her question whether an immediate custodial sentence should have been imposed, the BBC reported.

“It is the issue of suspension. Would I have done so had I appreciated, as I do now, their true views and what they really thought of the court proceedings?” she said.

The court heard that the brothers had written letters of apology to the judge.  The review was postponed until 26 February.
 
  • Johns on 29/03/2016 4:52:13 PM

    Denyse, there is no wider issue as to any asserted 'attitude' to women here. To suggest that sentencing ought be based upon vague perceived gender issues is misguided. I think the issue here relates to a lack of respect for authority, irrespective of gender.

  • Stephen on 18/02/2016 7:13:31 PM

    Denise, He could have said the same comment to a man. Being a woman shouldn't mean the comment attracts more punishment. She's a judge, I'm sure she can take it. What's more important is their attitude in general which appears to be less contrite than what was presented in mitigation. Their apology letters should be ignored.

  • Denyse Dawson on 17/02/2016 11:42:51 AM

    Sentence them to 15 years, not for the drug offence but for their attitude towards women.

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