Since my sentencing I have tried to understand the logic behind the actual sentence given by the Judge and where they gain guidance from.
- my initial PO pre-sentence report promoted the option of a non-custodial supervisory sentence.
- My PO's manager did later instruct him to include a custodial sentence option though I was never informed why.
- the investigating police and CPS supported a non-custodial supervisory sentence.
- 2 x independent psychological assessments supported a non-custodial supervisory sentence
The Judge decided to give me 4 years, after a 20% reduction for a early guilty plea - note I accepted guilt on arrest and due to Court process issues I could not make my plea in Court until after 15 months of bail, and it took another 11 months to be sentenced!
The only reason I could obtain for his decision was because I was sentenced on the same date as a major Government report being released on prostitution. Yes my offence was paying for sexual services but no mitigation evidence was provided to the Judge - I didn't go to trial - and the Police did not obtain the mobile phone blackmail evidence supporting my statement.
I do not raise this point to try and dismiss my offence but to highlight no matter what the "guidance books" say, "Political agendas" do have an influence.