The reports of evidence given in this case were perhaps the most distressing I've ever read.
'The Old Bailey heard Sonnex had been jailed for a previous knife attack but was allowed out on licence and went straight back to his life of crime.'
This is why socialism and law and order are a disastrous mix.
Why is that, you ask?
Simple; ever since new Labour came to power they have worked hard to liberalise the treatment of offenders, via the sentencing advisory council (which is why you should always take with a pinch of salt tabloid-toadying statements made by Labour Home Secretaries who demand 'inquiries' when those liberalising measures cause violent death). Violent criminals are routinely granted bail - this was order number one from the Home Office/Ministry of Justice/Whatever Banana Republic-style epithet the clever clogs who govern us have dreamt up now - and that has caused more 'heads to be kicked like footballs' than you can shake a stick at. It's also got a fair number of people killed: Gary Newlove, for example, kicked to death by bailed teens in front of his daughter. Bail granted to all but in the most exception circumstances. I'm willing to bet that prison licence works in exactly the same way. It's all fun, as the saying goes, until someone loses an eye.