Great Britain: Deterrent Sentences


"Let us clear any romantic notion of daredeviltry from our minds," said Justice Edmund Davies before passing sentence on the twelve Great Train Robbers before him. "It is nothing less than a sordid crime of violence inspired by vast greed." For their parts in the $7,369,000 robbery of the royal mails last August (most of the money has not yet been recovered), seven of the men drew 30 years apiece, only one got less than 20.* "Don't worry, Mum, I'm still young," shouted out one of the men who had received a...

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