Riot judges got harsh sentences 'just about right', district judge says
PUBLISHED June 16, 2012
District Judge Tan Ikram said judges got tough sentences "just about right" following the London riots, and insisted they did not face pressure from politicians to come down hard.
In a public interview hosted by the University of West London, the judge said he had to consider the risk of future offending in each case and said more senior judges had been consulted "on a regular basis" from the start.
District Judge Ikram, who works at Camberwell Green Magistrates Court, noted the sentencing happened in a very different atmosphere to the "calm of today", as many first-time offenders were caught up in the riots.
According to the Independent newspaper, the judge told an audience in Ealing, west London: "There were a large number of people being brought to court and evidence of a large number of people involved in civil disorder.