I spoke to local bobby and this guy has been sentenced to 7 years apparently.
I might just add that the scum who did this came over to this country and got a council flat with his wife and 2 kids. Wife had his third kid when he was on remand. When he gets out he will be allowed to continue to live in, the paid for by us, council flat.
While I agree with Armpit Vale's last remark, MarkAdams forgot another cost that council housing imposes on the general population; it drives up the cost of private housing by artificially restricting the land and, hence, the amount of accomodation available to those of us not able to enjoy the privileges of council accomodation (eg secure tenure, below market rents, better design standards, democratically accountable landlords etc).