Armed robber Wayne Colligan accused of attempted break-in at Coulsdon Natwest given four life sentences

'Dangerous career criminal' Wayne Colligan has been given four life sentences

'Dangerous career criminal' Wayne Colligan has been given four life sentences

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An armed robber accused of trying to break into a bank in Coulsdon has been given four life sentences.

Wayne Colligan was sentenced at the Old Bailey today after admitting bank robberies in Wanstead and Welwyn Garden City.

The earliest he will be eligible for parole is in seven years, eight months.

The 43-year-old pleaded not guilty to a further 10 offences, including an attempted break in at the Natwest in Brighton Road, Coulsdon, on October 31, 2012.

On this day a white Ford transit van with a wooden sleeper at the back reversed into the front doors of the bank.

The suspects failed to break down the door and drove away empty handed.

All the offences Colligan pleaded not guilty to were ordered to remain on file.

In his summing up Judge Nicholas Cooke described Colligan as “a dangerous career criminal”.


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10:34am Fri 4 Apr 14

trasie says...

Seriously, how can 4 life sentences mean eligibility for parole in 7 or 8 years time. I thought 1 life sentence is 25 years X 4 = 100. Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Seriously, how can 4 life sentences mean eligibility for parole in 7 or 8 years time. I thought 1 life sentence is 25 years X 4 = 100. Please correct me if I'm wrong. trasie
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1:23pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Deltablue says...

Some of these judges have no self respect. Judge Nicholas Cooke described Colligan as “a dangerous career criminal”., and goes on to use tough vocabulary like "four life sentences" - only to follow up with a pathetic statement that the earliest he will be eligible for parole is in seven years, eight months. He is an embarrassment to himself, the public, and the justice system. If I tell everybody I'm doing the London marathon, when in fact I'm going for a jog round Lloyds park, everybody would tell me I was full of c** p.
Its quite simple - Just tell us the minimum time to be served instead of all this posturing about a "life sentence" that bears no resemblance to a life sentence.
Some of these judges have no self respect. Judge Nicholas Cooke described Colligan as “a dangerous career criminal”., and goes on to use tough vocabulary like "four life sentences" - only to follow up with a pathetic statement that the earliest he will be eligible for parole is in seven years, eight months. He is an embarrassment to himself, the public, and the justice system. If I tell everybody I'm doing the London marathon, when in fact I'm going for a jog round Lloyds park, everybody would tell me I was full of c** p. Its quite simple - Just tell us the minimum time to be served instead of all this posturing about a "life sentence" that bears no resemblance to a life sentence. Deltablue
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5:31pm Fri 4 Apr 14

ummagumma says...

Unfortunately, the general public fail to understand today's judicial system. The 4 life sentences went to the victims, while "career criminal" Wayne Colligan gets 7 years and 8 months in a holiday camp, where we, the taxpayer, will fund his lifestyle, paying for his meals and accommodation. It is a safe bet that sometime in 2022, the same Wayne Colligan, aged 52, will once again be arrested for for another mindless crime and be re-admitted to his luxury hotel room that the state calls prison.
There is a really simple solution to the re-offending problem in the U.K. Make it law that the person who thinks that the prisoner is eligible for parole and signs the early release paper, is jointly responsible for any crimes carried out by the said prisoner up until the original release date.
I suspect that the early release's would greatly reduce.
Unfortunately, the general public fail to understand today's judicial system. The 4 life sentences went to the victims, while "career criminal" Wayne Colligan gets 7 years and 8 months in a holiday camp, where we, the taxpayer, will fund his lifestyle, paying for his meals and accommodation. It is a safe bet that sometime in 2022, the same Wayne Colligan, aged 52, will once again be arrested for for another mindless crime and be re-admitted to his luxury hotel room that the state calls prison. There is a really simple solution to the re-offending problem in the U.K. Make it law that the person who thinks that the prisoner is eligible for parole and signs the early release paper, is jointly responsible for any crimes carried out by the said prisoner up until the original release date. I suspect that the early release's would greatly reduce. ummagumma
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