Wednesday 10 August 2011 3.33pm
After referral to the Crown Court, it is a maximum of ten years.
BBC News wrote:
One case before the court on Wednesday morning was a man called Alexis Bailey, a 31-year-old who works at a primary school in Stockwell. He was found in an electrical goods store in Croydon on Monday and pleaded guilty to burglary.
His case was typical in that the magistrates, having heard the guilty plea, committed him for sentence at Crown Court.
The reason for that is they felt the riot was such an aggravating feature to the burglary that the Crown Court, with its additional powers, ought to pass sentence.
The magistrates could only impose a jail term of six months - at the Crown Court, that sentence could be up to 10 years.
They were committing to Crown Court in a large number of cases, giving an indication of the seriousness with which these offences are being treated.