There will be people gathering outside Isleworth Crown Court this Friday 26th March from 9.30am in solidarity with

defendants being sentenced.

On the week beginning Monday 15th March, 2 gaza protesters and a third person from the Israeli counter-demo were found

not guilty.

On Friday 26th February, Judge Denniss delivered 8 sentences at Isleworth Crown Court and adjourned 1 case until 26th

March 2010. 7 sentences were for ‘violent disorder’ and 1 for offence contrary to Section 4. 5 of the protesters sentenced for

‘violent disorder’ have been jailed for 12 months to 2 years. Of the remaining 2 not given an immediate jail sentence: the

youngest protester on trial, aged 15 at the time of the alleged offence, received an Intensive Surveillance and Supervision

Programme sentence (ISSP) – the most rigorous non-custodial intervention for young offenders, which will include electronic

monitoring through tagging and an imposed curfew; the second was given a 12 month suspended sentence and 200 hours

community service.

On Friday 19th February, Judge Denniss delivered 7 custodial sentences. All of these sentences are for “violent disorder”,

and mostly for relatively minor acts, such as throwing placards at fully armoured riot police. One defendent received a

suspended sentence, due to a long history of mental illness, Sentencing starts at 2 years for all adult guilty pleas, and ranged

from 12 months to 2 years, after mitigation. Defendants under 18 at time of offence have received between 8 and 12 month

long Detention and Training Orders, (DTO), a sentence of imprisonment and community supervision.

On Friday 12th February, the 7 people convicted were between 17 and 25 years old and will serve between 15 months and 2

1/2 years.

The case of Khalid Afeneh, accused of violent disorder and allegedly throwing a sand bag at police causing an officer’s

eardrum to perforate, was thrown out of court. Khalid entered a not guilty plea at his hearings and information obtained from

the Freedom of Information Act showed that the injury he allegedly caused did not happen.

In January, 3 people received sentences for violent disorder, ranging from 15 to 20 months.

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