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.