Re: Not exactly Lord Copper
Not really - Hutchins pleaded "guilty" to past misdemeanours, so the verdict was "guilty" and he now has a criminal record. The judge took everything into account (as they should) and passed a minimum sentence.
An instant trial or a plea of "not guilty" might have led to the same verdict but a harsher sentence. Swings and roundabouts.
Anyway, I'm happy he's free now.