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Student rioter spared full jail sentence

By River Reporter Nov 17, 2011

By Erica Sesay 

A KU student involved in the London riots has escaped a full jail sentence – and held onto his place at university.

Pierre Wilkinson, 21, who studies broadcast and television, had his sentence reduced to four months. A longer sentence would have risked him being kicked out of Kingston University due to its strict policy on crime.

Judge Ian Darling told Inner London Crown Court: “I am told if you go back into custody, you will have lost your place at university and all you have worked for. I must consider if, in truth, that’s justified by your behaviour.”

Wilkinson and his accomplice Frederick Osei, 22, pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods but the prosecution offered no evidence on a burglary charge.

Osei was jailed for six months.

Kingston’s student affairs department refused to comment on the case.

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