Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Rochester, Medway, Kent.
Its because he has to be punished in terms of the time he committed the offence.
At the time he committed the crime this was the sentence, it was what was deemed appropriate. Although to us, and anyone else with any sense, it seems like a joke its the way the law works.
Its sort of a safety net in a way, say you get caught speeding, at the moment its a fine and points on your licence, at some point in the future they could make the penalty far more extreme, a life sentence maybe. If you get caught the day before the law changes you get prosecuted under the law at the time you committed the offence not under the law by the time you get to court.