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Ian Mulholland- Sanctioned, Starved, Jailed

October 24, 2014

The story of Ian Mulholland, who is now in jail for stealing food, is a sad indictment of Tory Britain.

Yesterday’s news that Ian Mulholland, a 47 year old recovering drug addict, received a custodial sentence for stealing food after he had been sanctioned by the DWP should have been front-page news throughout the nation.  The sad fact that it isn’t tells us how far the media has been normalised to the harshess of Westminster, neo-liberal politics.

Mr Mulholland, who is facing leg amputation, was sanctioned for 9-weeks by his local jobcentre for missing an appointment.  Mr Mulholland missed this appointment after his ulcerated legs left him unable to get to the jobcentre.

Hunger, lack of funds and his inability to get to a local foodbank forced Mr Mulholland to take drastic action. He stole three packets of casserole steak, worth £12.50, from his local Sainsbury’s store.

This is a prime example of folk being forced into crime due to the draconian benefit sanctions that are used by the DWP. Maybe it is too much to ask for empathy in this day and age but, sadly instead of empathy, Mr Mulholland faced the full wrath of the English judiciary system and was sentenced to a 6 week jail-term for theft but due to previous convictions Mr Mulholland will face 14 weeks behind bars.

Full article at A Working Class Man.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. basstubes permalink
    October 24, 2014 11:31 am

    I wonder when a new colony will be found for these folk to populate, whoops I have travelled back to the wrong century. I really am sickened by tthe hearlessness that seems to pervade our society and the indifference to it from our so called leaders. I won’t curse and condemn because I don’t believe in this but I am so close to doing so.

  2. October 24, 2014 11:38 am

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

  3. John Caries permalink
    October 24, 2014 11:45 am

    Theiving Git got banged up, sounds good to me!

  4. October 26, 2014 7:01 am

    Reblogged this on Citizens, not serfs.


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