A bomber sentenced to house arrest under the Terrorism Act is instead starting a two year doorstep detention after it was revealed he was a recluse who never left the house.
'It makes no sense to place an offender under house arrest when he never goes out anyway,' ruled Judge John Popperwell. 'That is no punishment at all. On the other hand, this offender, on the one day he did venture out, planted a bomb, so he cannot be allowed to leave his house at will. Doorstep detention, if a little unusual, solves the difficulty.'
The Burmese junta is believed to be studying the judgment.