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Violent attacker is freed while van thief is jailed

Swindon Advertiser: Keith Mileham who stole a tipper van from a maintenance company so he could strip it down for parts and was jailed for 10 months Keith Mileham who stole a tipper van from a maintenance company so he could strip it down for parts and was jailed for 10 months

SWINDON’S justice system showed two very different sides this week when a man who launched a violent attack on his girlfriend walked free while another who stripped parts from a stolen van was jailed for 10 months.

The sentences were handed down by two different judges sitting at Swindon Crown Court.

Judge Euan Ambrose jailed Keith Mileham, 31, of The Circle, in Pinehurst, for 10 months after he towed a stolen vehicle to a secluded farm where he and a pal broke it down to sell the component parts.

But the vehicle had been fitted with a GPS tracking device that led the police straight to the men, who were using a cutting torch on the metalwork.

Mileham pleaded guilty to theft. He denied a charge of perverting the course of justice by lying to the police, which was kept on file.

Now the 31-year-old, who has a long history of crime, including pretending to raise cash for Help for Heroes, is behind bars.

Jailing him Judge Ambrose said: “Bought new for £24,000, the van was recovered in a partly-dismantled state.

“There was not only damage to the van by dismantling but the costs of repair, if repair was possible, and also the inevitable loss of use that the business can ill afford.

“The offence, bearing in mind its nature, and your record is clearly so serious only a custodial sentence can be justified.”

In a separate case, heard by Judge Douglas Field, Riccardo Pasqualitto was allowed to walk free from court despite launching a vicious attack on his 5ft 2ins girlfriend.

He had already smashed a wine glass by throwing it at a wall when he picked her up and threw her onto a hard wooden floor.

As she lay in agony, the 35-year-old of Nevis Close, Sparcells, pulled her to her feet. When she collapsed to the floor he accused her of being a “drama queen” and denied that she could have broken her foot.

On realising that she was badly hurt, Pasqualitto moaned: “That’s it. You made me do this.”

At the accident and emergency room in hospital, the doctor was forced to make him leave the cubicle as he tried to prevent his girlfriend from explaining her injury.

Pasqualitto pleaded guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm.

But after hearing he had no previous convictions for violence and was an integral part in the family business Rapid Hire, Judge Field imposed a 20-month jail term suspended for two years.

Pasqualitto must now complete a “building better relationships” programme, pay £500 in compensation and a £100 victim surcharge.

The court also imposed a five-year restraining order, which bans him from contacting her.

Passing sentence Judge Field said: “I have to decide whether the public interest is best served by you going straight into custody for this serious case of domestic violence.

“Or whether I should suspend this sentence to allow you to receive help and treatment.

“There is just enough in what has been said about you and what I have read in the pre-sentence report to allow me to suspend the sentence.”

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9:05am Thu 4 Jul 13

Bobfm , says...

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Your favourite subject.
Cue Mr Blackwell aka I 2 Could B aka Ringer aka 20 Eyes. Your favourite subject. Bobfm ,
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9:21am Thu 4 Jul 13

michael36 says...

If research was done you could tell the readers that Mr Mileham has a long record and it was unlikely that he would not get a prison sentence , in fact if you search the name on the adver site you will see why
stop trying to make Judge Field look bad !
If research was done you could tell the readers that Mr Mileham has a long record and it was unlikely that he would not get a prison sentence , in fact if you search the name on the adver site you will see why stop trying to make Judge Field look bad ! michael36
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9:26am Thu 4 Jul 13

stfcdod says...

Pasqualitto should have been sent back to the country where ha came from.
Pasqualitto should have been sent back to the country where ha came from. stfcdod
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9:59am Thu 4 Jul 13

Empty Car Park says...

Bobfm , wrote:
Cue Mr Blackwell aka I 2 Could B aka Ringer aka 20 Eyes.

Your favourite subject.
:-)
[quote][p][bold]Bobfm ,[/bold] wrote: Cue Mr Blackwell aka I 2 Could B aka Ringer aka 20 Eyes. Your favourite subject.[/p][/quote]:-) Empty Car Park
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10:25am Thu 4 Jul 13

EastleazeRed says...

Two different cases ? Mileham had a long history of offending so I suppose the judge had no choice . Pasqualitto had no previous convictions and the judge gave him the benefit of the doubt. The justice system in this country is a joke in all aspects , you get longer in prison for defrauding the government than you do beating the crap out of someone , and what's the point jailing someone for 3 years and their out within 9 months .
Two different cases ? Mileham had a long history of offending so I suppose the judge had no choice . Pasqualitto had no previous convictions and the judge gave him the benefit of the doubt. The justice system in this country is a joke in all aspects , you get longer in prison for defrauding the government than you do beating the crap out of someone , and what's the point jailing someone for 3 years and their out within 9 months . EastleazeRed
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10:30am Thu 4 Jul 13

LordAshOfTheBrake says...

Whilst both cases are very different and not really comparable, it does once again highlight the soft approach for those people committing a violent crime against a person.
Whilst both cases are very different and not really comparable, it does once again highlight the soft approach for those people committing a violent crime against a person. LordAshOfTheBrake
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10:31am Thu 4 Jul 13

Always Grumpy says...

Well, no surprise there with our local weak and pathetic judge, aka Judge Field!
What a disgrace.
Well, no surprise there with our local weak and pathetic judge, aka Judge Field! What a disgrace. Always Grumpy
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10:55am Thu 4 Jul 13

RichardR1 says...

GBH should always result in an immediate jail term, especially when it's on a domestic partner.
GBH should always result in an immediate jail term, especially when it's on a domestic partner. RichardR1
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11:01am Thu 4 Jul 13

Ringer says...

The Sentencing Guidelines are very clear regarding sentences for those convicted of GBH, even for a first conviction.

The sentence in this case does seem astonishingly unduly lenient but, then, what would anyone expect?

Sadly, just more evidence that the courts do not take domestic violence remotely seriously.
The Sentencing Guidelines are very clear regarding sentences for those convicted of GBH, even for a first conviction. [p] The sentence in this case does seem astonishingly unduly lenient but, then, what would anyone expect? [p] Sadly, just more evidence that the courts do not take domestic violence remotely seriously. Ringer
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11:11am Thu 4 Jul 13

EmmBee says...

The only thing I was surprised at with the Pasqualito case was that Ross wasn't defending him.
The only thing I was surprised at with the Pasqualito case was that Ross wasn't defending him. EmmBee
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11:15am Thu 4 Jul 13

Ringer says...


But after hearing he had no previous convictions for violence


The above line is particularly interesting, as it implies that the person convicted of GBH may have had previous convictions, just not for violence. So that's OK then.
[quote] But after hearing he had no previous convictions for violence [/quote] [p] The above line is particularly interesting, as it implies that the person convicted of GBH may have had previous convictions, just not for violence. So that's OK then. Ringer
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11:21am Thu 4 Jul 13

paskie1977 says...

stfcdod wrote:
Pasqualitto should have been sent back to the country where ha came from.
very educated response, do you know where he was born then???
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: Pasqualitto should have been sent back to the country where ha came from.[/p][/quote]very educated response, do you know where he was born then??? paskie1977
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11:24am Thu 4 Jul 13

GE SWINDON says...

stfcdod wrote:
Pasqualitto should have been sent back to the country where ha came from.
Nice comment stfcdod

He was born in the PMH! So carry on and send him back to Old town.
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: Pasqualitto should have been sent back to the country where ha came from.[/p][/quote]Nice comment stfcdod He was born in the PMH! So carry on and send him back to Old town. GE SWINDON
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12:32pm Thu 4 Jul 13

SlantedView says...

stfcdod wrote:
Pasqualitto should have been sent back to the country where ha came from.
You absolute 'Aunt'!
[quote][p][bold]stfcdod[/bold] wrote: Pasqualitto should have been sent back to the country where ha came from.[/p][/quote]You absolute 'Aunt'! SlantedView
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1:23pm Thu 4 Jul 13

house on the hill says...

"""RichardR1 says...
10:55am Thu 4 Jul 13

GBH should always result in an immediate jail term, especially when it's on a domestic partner"""

Completely agree, just because its a first offence doesn't mean you should be let off for something as serious as that.

I am sure the victims faith in the Justice system has been restored, NOT! Talk about kicking a man when he is down, that's just insulting, I bet if someone kicked the cr4p out of judge field I bet he wouldn't have ben let off. Would you be happy if someone who beat you up got let off or even bother reporting it?
"""RichardR1 says... 10:55am Thu 4 Jul 13 GBH should always result in an immediate jail term, especially when it's on a domestic partner""" Completely agree, just because its a first offence doesn't mean you should be let off for something as serious as that. I am sure the victims faith in the Justice system has been restored, NOT! Talk about kicking a man when he is down, that's just insulting, I bet if someone kicked the cr4p out of judge field I bet he wouldn't have ben let off. Would you be happy if someone who beat you up got let off or even bother reporting it? house on the hill
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6:19pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Hmmmf says...

house on the hill wrote:
I am sure the victims faith in the Justice system has been restored, NOT! Talk about kicking a man when he is down, that's just insulting, I bet if someone kicked the cr4p out of judge field I bet he wouldn't have ben let off. Would you be happy if someone who beat you up got let off or even bother reporting it?

Did you actually read the article? No-one had the cr4p kicked out of them. No-one was 'beaten up'. A man picked up his girlfriend and threw her onto the floor. She broke her foot as a result.

This article has all the hallmarks of a Scott D'Arcy rant, and is filled with emotive hyperbole designed to demonise. Why is there no byline?
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: I am sure the victims faith in the Justice system has been restored, NOT! Talk about kicking a man when he is down, that's just insulting, I bet if someone kicked the cr4p out of judge field I bet he wouldn't have ben let off. Would you be happy if someone who beat you up got let off or even bother reporting it?[/quote] Did you actually read the article? No-one had the cr4p kicked out of them. No-one was 'beaten up'. A man picked up his girlfriend and threw her onto the floor. She broke her foot as a result. This article has all the hallmarks of a Scott D'Arcy rant, and is filled with emotive hyperbole designed to demonise. Why is there no byline? Hmmmf
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6:45pm Thu 4 Jul 13

oneofseven says...

Ringer wrote:

But after hearing he had no previous convictions for violence


The above line is particularly interesting, as it implies that the person convicted of GBH may have had previous convictions, just not for violence. So that's OK then.
happen I ended up in front of judge Field for bank robbery,with Rob Ross defending me,saying he only robbed the bank to get money to buy alcohol but he is seeking help for his addiction and it is his first offence for robbery,would I get off with a suspended sentence.I don't think so!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Ringer[/bold] wrote: [quote] But after hearing he had no previous convictions for violence [/quote] [p] The above line is particularly interesting, as it implies that the person convicted of GBH may have had previous convictions, just not for violence. So that's OK then.[/p][/quote]happen I ended up in front of judge Field for bank robbery,with Rob Ross defending me,saying he only robbed the bank to get money to buy alcohol but he is seeking help for his addiction and it is his first offence for robbery,would I get off with a suspended sentence.I don't think so!!!! oneofseven
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11:49pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Matt_kav says...

Whats the point being made here?

This article is absolutely bonkers and quite clearly biased, probably as a result of nothing more exciting happening in swindon courts that day. As one of many examples of its spin, I can't help but ask what's the point of mentioning the 5ft 2ins of the girlfriend without mentioning the boyfriend to compare to?! How do we know he's not 4ft.... How do we know she's not 100kg bodybuilder?

It's also comparing the assesment of two crimes that are completely different in every way.... its like comparing the sentence handed to Fred West to that handed to Nick Leeson. Plus, it's comparing the sentences passed by two different judges - ie two opinions of two people..... If the article is trying to say the justice system is flawed, shouldn't the article be choosing two similar cases, with the same judge presiding, with the same jury, and the same case?

This adver article serves as an excellent example of biased journalism based on pre-drawn conclusions and is bordering on tabloidism / sensationalism; Throw in the term 'love rat' and a distant link to a celebrity and you're almost there, Adver.
Whats the point being made here? This article is absolutely bonkers and quite clearly biased, probably as a result of nothing more exciting happening in swindon courts that day. As one of many examples of its spin, I can't help but ask what's the point of mentioning the 5ft 2ins of the girlfriend without mentioning the boyfriend to compare to?! How do we know he's not 4ft.... How do we know she's not 100kg bodybuilder? It's also comparing the assesment of two crimes that are completely different in every way.... its like comparing the sentence handed to Fred West to that handed to Nick Leeson. Plus, it's comparing the sentences passed by two different judges - ie two opinions of two people..... If the article is trying to say the justice system is flawed, shouldn't the article be choosing two similar cases, with the same judge presiding, with the same jury, and the same case? This adver article serves as an excellent example of biased journalism based on pre-drawn conclusions and is bordering on tabloidism / sensationalism; Throw in the term 'love rat' and a distant link to a celebrity and you're almost there, Adver. Matt_kav
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8:15am Fri 5 Jul 13

house on the hill says...

"""Hmmmf says...
6:19pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Did you actually read the article?"""

God no I don't waste time on the boring articles, I only come here to read the insults and cyber bullying, its far more interesting!!!!!!
"""Hmmmf says... 6:19pm Thu 4 Jul 13 Did you actually read the article?""" God no I don't waste time on the boring articles, I only come here to read the insults and cyber bullying, its far more interesting!!!!!! house on the hill
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3:42pm Fri 5 Jul 13

swindon_mini says...

It is my view that there are always 2 sides of a story when it comes to violence/assault. On more than 1 occasion I have seen someone throw a punch, and then have the living daylights beat out of him and then been treated like the victim. Not saying this is the case, but there are always 2 sides. Also Men, who for example have a nagging wife, get less of a sentence, when they hurt them.
On the other hand, being caught red handed by the police cutting up a stolen van is pretty much banged to rights.
It is my view that there are always 2 sides of a story when it comes to violence/assault. On more than 1 occasion I have seen someone throw a punch, and then have the living daylights beat out of him and then been treated like the victim. Not saying this is the case, but there are always 2 sides. Also Men, who for example have a nagging wife, get less of a sentence, when they hurt them. On the other hand, being caught red handed by the police cutting up a stolen van is pretty much banged to rights. swindon_mini
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3:44pm Fri 5 Jul 13

swindon_mini says...

swindon_mini wrote:
It is my view that there are always 2 sides of a story when it comes to violence/assault. On more than 1 occasion I have seen someone throw a punch, and then have the living daylights beat out of him and then been treated like the victim. Not saying this is the case, but there are always 2 sides. Also Men, who for example have a nagging wife, get less of a sentence, when they hurt them. On the other hand, being caught red handed by the police cutting up a stolen van is pretty much banged to rights.
I would just like to add for fairness, women who murder violence husbands also get lesser sentences.
[quote][p][bold]swindon_mini[/bold] wrote: It is my view that there are always 2 sides of a story when it comes to violence/assault. On more than 1 occasion I have seen someone throw a punch, and then have the living daylights beat out of him and then been treated like the victim. Not saying this is the case, but there are always 2 sides. Also Men, who for example have a nagging wife, get less of a sentence, when they hurt them. On the other hand, being caught red handed by the police cutting up a stolen van is pretty much banged to rights.[/p][/quote]I would just like to add for fairness, women who murder violence husbands also get lesser sentences. swindon_mini
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