But in my experience, the court weren't able to extract any money from them since they had nothing left.
I wish they got lengthier sentences too, but was explained by policemen why this couldn't be achieved.
Each case potentially puts the mugger into less favourable terms (for him). Out of 12 victims, only 6 turned up to identify him - so that's half gone already - and on the day, only 2 people successfully identified the guy...
The asset recover scheme is all well & good, but it just doesn't work.
The type of lowlife who goes round mugging people generally aren't the most financially astute individuals, so the proceeds of the crimes aren't always wisely invested - often the cash goes straight into the till of the local Bargain Booze or the hands of the friendly neighbourhood crack dealer.
I used to work in a large central Manchester retailer, and we had a member of staff steal a considerable amount of money, I think the figure of £3000 was mentioned in court.
The miscreant was order to repay this sum, at the agreed rate of £1 a week, which would take ~58 years. We received the grand total of one cheque for £1 from the courts, which the manager proudly displayed on his wall, as it would cost a business more than £1 to process the cheque...
"But in my experience, the court weren't able to extract any money from them since they had nothing left." Which leaves two viable extremes, a public flogging, or a trip to Disney Land... If I have to compromise, it won't be at the holiday extreme end.
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