As a number of recent posts on this blog show, sentencing is a far from easy exercise. The Judiciary has just published sentencing remarks in two cases.
First, the case of Trenton Oldfield convicted of "Public Nuisance" in connection with him swimming into the path of the Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race on 7th April. Her Honour Judge Anne Molyneux sentenced Oldfield to 6 months imprisonment - Sentencing Remarks and BBC News 19th October.
For information about the common law offence of Public nuisance see Odd Corners of the Criminal Law 24th April.
"A person is guilty of a public nuisance who (a) does an act not warranted by law, or (b) omits to discharge a legal duty, if the effect of the act or omission is to endanger the life, health, property or comfort of the public, or to obstruct the public in the exercise or enjoyment of rights common to all Her Majesty’s subjects" - Stephen Digest of the Criminal Law (1877) - approved R v Rimmington and R v Goldstein  1 AC 459 (HL),  UKHL 63
His sentence attracted numerous adverse comments on Twitter - e.g. this selection ....
Outrageous, unjust sentence for Trenton Oldfield. As an Oxford grad I wonder if it would have been 6 months if not that ludicrous boat race?