Here’s a disturbing development.

Normally I would agree with Peter Stefanovic. He tweeted: “A ‘fragile and vulnerable’ woman has been jailed for six months after she was caught begging for 50p! Is this 2018 or Victorian England! Will you be investigating this case immediately @DavidGauke?”

But the justice secretary has just gone on record as saying short jail sentences don’t work.

He would increase the sentence because that’s Tory justice; they take away our ability to defend ourselves and then punish us for letting them do it.

A ‘fragile and vulnerable’ woman has been jailed for six months after she was caught begging for 50p.

Marie Baker, 38, was locked up despite the District judge Philip Mackenzie being upset she didn’t have a lawyer in court.

Instead she somehow ended up representing herself in the civil case even though she was apparently unable to read or write.

Judge Mackenzie told Worcester county court in February: ‘I am disturbed and concerned that Ms Baker attends before me today without the assistance of any public funding or a solicitor.

‘I am particularly concerned about that because, on any view, Ms Baker is […] a fragile and vulnerable individual and that makes it all the more regrettable that she has not got legal assistance.’

Source: Woman jailed for six months after being caught begging for 50p | Metro News


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