It seems that the UK authorities do not see any offense linked with riot as large or small. For they are all the same and be treated with the same judgment – imprisonment. Even if, people mentioned about rioting on their Facebook account, the UK authorities would send them to jail.
Two men already sentenced with four years imprisonment for instigating other people to riot on their hometown.
However, the case is not that simple since Jordan Blackshaw, 20, created an event about a riot set on August 8. Although, no one has joined the riot, people got scared because of the invitation to have a riot. Only Blackshaw and the police came to the scene.
Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, 22, of Latchford, Warrington, exploited his Facebook account in the early hours of August 9 to create a web page labeled The Warrington Riots.
The web page had created mass panicking among the people. Later on, he removes the page and apologizes. He even said that it is all, but a joke.
However, it was too late for him since it got distributed to more than 400 friends in his account. It already caused too much panic.
Judge Elgan Edwards claimed that Blackshaw that he had created an evil act at the time when people scared of riots. The message he posted on his Facebook account is just too much that people got angry at him for the misleading them.
Sutcliffe-Keenan gave the police a hard time since he have sent the police on an area, where there are no riots to be found. It weakens the forces of the police available to the area needed to be protected.
As usual, the heavy sentenced got a lot of criticism from the defense lawyers and civil rights groups.
Justice clerk already advises the magistrate to treat riot case as a heavy crime.
The Ministry of Justice’s current estimate says that the courts have dealt with 1,277 lawbreakers of and banged up more than 700. Two-thirds of the lawsuits were in London.
One in five of the cases have been adolescents. Most of the teenagers under arrest have been in Nottingham, Birmingham and Manchester.
However, Sally Ireland, policy director of the law-reform organization Justice told AP that the situations of public complaint should be dealt with an aggravating factor, and one would assume that to push up a decree by a degree, but not by as far as some of the court cases observed.