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Nottingham burglar Wayne Bishop in 'family life' appeal

A 33-year-old Nottingham burglar has appealed against his sentence, saying he needs to care for his five children.

Wayne Bishop, of Southchurch Drive, Clifton, was jailed for eight months in April at Nottingham Crown Court.

He said on five nights a week he was the sole carer for his five children, who are aged between five and 12.

His lawyer Ian Wise said the sentence violated Bishop's right to respect for family life under article eight of the Human Rights Convention.

'Disproportionate' impact

"This case is of public importance and could have significant wider repercussions," Mr Wise told Mrs Justice Gloster.

Bishop, of Southchurch Drive, has joint custody of his five children with his ex-partner.

He was sentenced to four months for burlgary and four months for dangerous driving after pleading guilty. He was also banned from driving for three years.

Mr Wise said article eight of the Human Rights Convention "enshrines the right to respect for family life and privacy".

Although the jail term was not "wrong in principle", Mr Wise said it had a "disproportionate" impact on Bishop's family life and the children should have been a "primary consideration".

Mrs Justice Gloster said the case should be heard as soon as possible.

Bishop's full appeal is likely to be heard by a three-judge Appeal Court in London within the next few days.

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