Boxing Day burglary: Bradford law student ‘decimates’ legal career hopes as he’s handed a suspended sentence

But SRA says otherwise

A 20-year-old studying for his law degree at the University of Bradford has been convicted of burgling a family home on Boxing Day.

Approximately £1,600 worth of goods was stolen during last December’s break-in, including electronics and sentimental jewellery belonging to the victim’s deceased mother. None of it has been recovered, prosecutor Ashleigh Metcalfe of Zenith Chambers told Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

According to local reports in the Telegraph & Argus, Usmaan Rashid was on bail for handling stolen goods at the time of the offence, but these original allegations were not followed up. He was arrested for the December heist in January after a DNA test linked him to blood found at the victim’s house. Rashid pleaded guilty last month, claiming others were involved and he’d played a “subordinated role” in the crime. Defence barrister Christopher Dunn, of Park Square Barristers, described Rashid’s involvement as “20 minutes of sheer lunacy.”

Though Rashid could have been banged up for his crime, Judge Penelope Belcher decided against it. She handed him a two-year prison sentence, suspended for two years, plus 150 hours unpaid work and a curfew.

Perhaps Belcher’s seemingly lenient sentence can be at least partially explained by this: Dunn told the court Rashid’s potential legal career had been “decimated” by his conviction.

However, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) thinks otherwise. An SRA spokesperson this morning confirmed to Legal Cheek that every application to the profession “is dealt with on its merits”, and that there “are no convictions or otherwise that lead to an automatic refusal.”

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18 Comments

Anonymous

Good luck to Usmaan for “bagging a TC”. His FB profile picture doesn’t seem very professional. Nor does his cover picture of women in their underwear come across as professional either.

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Anonymous

I wouldn’t want to name the individual on here. I doubt there are many associates from Clifford Chance who have gone to Westminster Uni. I’m sure a LinkedIn search will quickly reveal the answer to your question.

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Anonymous

Boxing Day burglary: Bradford law student ‘decimates’ legal career hopes as he chooses to study law at Bradford

There. I fixed it for you.

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Trumpenkrieg

This spurious argument keeps rearing its ugly head in sentencing.

The suggestion seems to be that when someone’s career aspirations are damaged by accruing the conviction, this should be taken as somehow constituting part of the punishment.

Fuck right off – I don’t care if you were studying for an LLB. You do the crime you get sentenced like any other shelf stacker or NEET.

Otherwise every defendant would roll up in court claiming he was hoping to become an astronaut before being convicted in the hope of getting off.

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Lethargic Bystander

“Otherwise every defendant would roll up in court claiming he was hoping to become an astronaut before being convicted in the hope of getting off.”

Or even a cricketer. Preposterous.

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Anonymous

Are LC attempting to suggest that he SHOULD be in prison as the fact he has ‘decimated’ his legal career is wrong?

He will never be able to practice as a solicitor with a suspended sentence for burglary, that much is certain. That line from the SRA about dealing with every application on it’s own merits blah blah is standard practice to avoid any anti-discriminatory legislation.

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LLM (Cantab)

With the measly salaries Bradford students have after they graduate (lowest in the country?), I’m not surprised that the man resorted to alternative means of increasing his material wealth.

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