Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

LOW INCOME POLL TAX DEBTOR FREED FROM MAXIMUM JAIL TERM

  • Comment
A Taunton scrap yard worker, who earnt only£100 a week and given the maximum 90-day jail term by local magistrates...
A Taunton scrap yard worker, who earnt only £100 a week and given the maximum 90-day jail term by local magistrates over Poll Tax arrears, was released on bail by order of a judge in London's High Court yesterday. And Mr Justice Laws opened the way for a full Judicial Review of the sentence passed on 52-year-old Philip Barsby by Taunton Deane Magistrates on December 9 this year.

The judge told Mr Barsby's counsel, Ian Wise: 'You can have leave on the basis that if Mr Barsby was on low income of £100 per week then it is very hard to see how his case could really be thought so bad as to justify a 90-day warrant on a suspended basis or otherwise.'

Pending the full hearing of his case Mr Barsby, who has already served 11 days in prison for defaulting on his 1990- 1993 Community Charge bills, was granted bail. Mr Wise told the court: 'There is case law which suggests that the 90-day sentence should only be passed in the most extreme of circumstances.' 'We say this was not such a case.'. If matters are not resolved in the meantime, Mr Barsby's case will return to London's High Court for a full Judicial Review hearing.
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.