At the end of a two-week trial, John Laidlaw, of Holloway, north London, was found guilty by an Old Bailey jury on three counts of attempted murder and two firearms charges. The jurors were not told that 19 days before the shootings Laidlaw had been convicted of racially aggravated actual bodily harm and using racially threatening or abusive words, and given an 18-month supervision order.
Stabbing someone ?
Scott Howard has one previous conviction dating from March 2005 for possessing an offensive weapon, and committed the latest offence while subject to a community order – having appeared before magistrates three days earlier for breaching it.
No prison for you, my son.
Stabbing someone to death ? Three whole years.
A 16-year-old boy who stabbed another teenager to death in a children's play area in south London has been sentenced to three years' detention. Last month Adam Eastmond was found guilty of manslaughter after stabbing Gavin Brown, 17, in the neck with a commando-style knife in October 2005. Gavin's mother Anita said she was "appalled" by the sentence.