Wednesday, June 1, 2011

'James Gelling' Laughing at the law: The thug who's been convicted 40 times for 73 crimes - 1st June 2011

When it comes to breaking the law James Gelling has few equals. At just 23 he has one of the worst criminal records in Britain.

His 40 convictions for 73 separate offences include robbery, burglary, assault and possessing a dangerous dog.

But as he was jailed yet again – this time for 12 weeks for attacking his ex-girlfriend – MPs called for an end to ‘revolving door’ soft sentences for offenders like him.

Dr John Pugh MP said Gelling treated his catalogue of convictions as a badge of honour. He called for tougher sentences to be handed out to criminals who are repeatedly hauled before the courts.

The Liberal Democrat MP for Southport, Merseyside, said: ‘He does not care about the law or how he is viewed. A longer custodial sentence plus a serious programme of re-education would seem a better bet than the revolving door of short sentences which has seemingly left Gelling unchanged.’

Gelling’s record began at 13 when he was sentenced to 18 months in a youth offenders’ institution for robbery, theft and assault.

On his release in 2002 he was handed a three-year Asbo for a catalogue of offences in the seaside town of Southport.

With his siblings Jordan, 11, and Ashley, 12, the notorious ‘Gelling Brothers’ were ‘named and shamed’ for the reign of terror which left residents living in fear.

Dr Pugh warned then that Asbos were a badge of honour among youths like Gelling and asked for a new approach to serial offenders. He said: ‘We need an altogether new, more robust series of measures to clamp down on thugs and louts. Asbos don’t work with people who don’t care about receiving them.’ Read More