Curtis Francis Warren (born 31 May 1963) is an English gangster, who as Britain’s most notorious drugs trafficker was formerly Interpol’s Target One, and once listed on the Sunday Times Rich List.
He has been in prison since his arrest in 1996, he was charged with Armed robbery, Shipping drugs to the Netherlands, Manslaughter and Conspiracy to smuggle cannabis.
It’s the time in prison dished out for crimes that amazes me about this case, his Manslaughter charge is described by wikipedia like this; On the afternoon of 15 September 1999, Warren had a fight in the prison yard with Turkish national Cemal Guclu, who was serving a 20-year sentence for murder and attempted murder. Yelling abuse at Warren, Guclu walked towards him and tried to punch him in the face. Evading the punch, a short fight ensued, during which Guclu fell to the ground, and Warren kicked him in the head 4 times, Guclu got up and again went for Warren and was again punched to the floor. It was here he hit his head and became unconscious from which Guclu never recovered and died in hospital.
It sounds like self defense to me and we should all be allowed to defend ourselves. In his trial defense in 2001, Warren said he “acted in self defense.” Finding Warren guilty of manslaughter, the Dutch judge commented that “the defendant had used excessive violence,” sentencing him to an additional four years with release scheduled in 2014. In November 2013 he was ordered to pay a £198m confiscation order, or face another ten years in jail. On 27 March 2014 it was reported that Warren had lost his appeal over his failure to pay the order, and so would remain in prison.
The punishment he recieved expose the stupidity of the British Justice system. He was sentence to the following.
Armed robbery: 5 years
Shipment of drugs to the Netherlands: 12 years
Manslaughter: 4 years
Conspiracy to smuggle cannabis: 13 years
I can’t find any information anyway concerning his armed robbery but how does Conspiracy to smuggle cannabis and shipping drugs to arguably the drug capital of Europe end up with such a harsh punishment? I have seen murderers, paedophiles and rapists face much softer sentences than Warren faces for supplying people with products that the people are crying out for.
The reason I believe the time has now come for Warren to be released is simple; This is not about justice its about control.