Are the courts being consistent? Judges and magistrates have sentencing guidelines to work to. However, they are often described as "guidelines not tramlines".
It is obvious that many of these sentences will be appealed, many of these sentences will be overturned.
With this in mind the magistrates should show some consistency, because if many of these rulings are overruled, then the perpetrators will think they had a win.
Surely this is not the outcome anyone wants, queues of appeals before the courts.
Magistrates are only human and naturally they are caught up with the feelings that we all have.
However cool heads are called for, truth in sentencing is what is required not gut reactions, otherwise we will get the wrong result.
Some of the youth feel already that society ignores them, surely we should not give them any more ammunition.