Monday, 19 September 2016
Man sentenced to months in jail is still behind bars 10 years later under sentence that no longer exists
A man sentenced to 17 months in prison for threatening to kill a former partner during a heated row is still behind bars more than 10 years later. Jason Thorne, 43, of Cardiff, is still in Parc Prison at Bridgend because he was jailed under a sentencing regime called IPP – Imprisonment for Public Protection. It is no longer used because UK Government Ministers came to the conclusion it was unjust. However, although IPP has been abolished for new prisoners, it is still in place for those who were given IPP sentences at the time of their conviction. She said Thorne had recently been in an open prison leading up to his release but had been returned to a closed prison. Rossadded: “He accepts that he should not have made the threat to kill, but it was one of those things said in the heat of the moment when he was very upset.”Thorne’s solicitor Bill Cordingley, of Cardiff solicitors Morgan Criminal Law, said: “We have a number of prisoners still in jail on IPP sentences, and Jason’s case is the worst in terms of the length of time he has remained in jail.“IPP sentences were introduced in 2005 for people who were considered to be a potential danger to the public.
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