Woman Freed In Stolen Shorts Case
August 19, 2011 by UPI - United Press International, Inc.
MANCHESTER, England, Aug. 19 (UPI) — A woman who reportedly slept through the riots in Manchester, England, was jailed for allegedly taking a pair of shorts looted by a friend, officials said.
Ursula Nevin, 24, was ordered freed on appeal, The Guardian reported Friday.
Nevin, a mother of two, was held for five months before being released in what is believed to be the first successful appeal against a sentence related to rioting and looting in England earlier this year.
Nevin admitted to accepting the shorts from a friend who allegedly took part in rioting in Manchester. The severity of her sentence was questioned because she wasn’t involved in the actual crime.
Judge Andrew Gilbart said he ordered Nevin freed because she didn’t take part in the riots.