Grayling sets out new knife law
Chris Grayling has said those carrying knives in a threatening manner “should and will go to jail” as a raft of new sentencing guidelines come into effect today.
The offence of “aggravated knife crime”, will now carry a minimum jail term of six months, or four month detention orders for those aged 16 and 17.
From today those convicted of a second serious violent or sexual crime also face a mandatory life sentence.
This morning the Justice Secretary insisted the new orders did not represent political interference in the judicial system, but rather reflected public opinion.
“There are some areas where society as a whole expects government, politicians to say ‘there’s a minimum’. There’s a clear message to people who are tempted to carry knives, tempted to use them in an aggressive way, wave them around in an aggressive way, that you should and will go to jail. So this is not about saying to the judges ‘you lose all discretion’ – in many cases the sentences for these offences will be much longer than the minimum,” he told BBC News.