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He agreed to delay 51-year-old Colin Watson’s sentencing until May 31 so Watson can go on the prebooked holiday to Tenerife as the judge prepares his remarks. Somehow, even though the judge warned Watson to make sure to return to Wales and face his sentence—”I am trusting you. Don’t let me down” were his exact words, per the Telegraph—opponents don’t think his move sets a great precedent.
Those on the other side of things argue that the “bizarre” sentencing delay sends mixed messages to those who’ve been victimized by crime, and that allowing a criminal to travel abroad confuses the whole criminal process.
The crimes Watson pleaded guilty to each carry sentences of up to seven to 10 years behind bars. But the judge said the adjournment of the sentencing date was “an act of mercy,” despite acknowledging the crimes Watson pleaded guilty to were “very serious matters.” Watson is going on the trip with his partner, the South Wales Argus reports.