Originally Posted by gmcrepair
Jon Venables was sent back into prison in February and know we know why...he was downloading indecent images of children. Your thoughts on what his sentence should be?
He actually hasnt been found guilty of these new charges yet and so he is merely accused of downloading indecent images of children . He will be currently being held on remand until his plea and if he pleads not guilty his subsequent trial . Currently there are 3 things which could happen
1) He gives a plea of guilty in which case he will be sentenced and will face up pto 10 years
2) He pleads not guilty and is aquitted at trial in which case he will be free as such subject to licence
3) He is found guilty at trial and again is sentenced up to 10 years
Personally i think its unlikely if it does go to trial that will be the end of it as his defence are going to try and argue that there is no way he can actually be given a fair trial with the publicity surrounding the current accusations and the notriousness of his previous crimes
In terms of punishment I think the 10 years should be suitable enough although I think he is probably an institutionalised criminal after having been inside the system since his initial conviction at the age of 10 and as such I think he will spend a lot more of his life behind bars . In my opinion this may have been avoidable however its too late to do something now