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As has been widely reported in the papers over the last few days, Prospect contributor Charles (or CAR) Hills–who wrote a column about life in Clapham for us a few years ago, and has more recently started contributing pieces from Belmarsh prison–has been sentenced to six years in prison for conspiracy to murder his mother’s lover. Friends of Charles have been shocked by the severity of the sentence–he pleaded guilty, and it was thought that his mental health problems would provide grounds for leniency–and by the (inevitably) lurid tone of much of the reporting. It is a sad moment. Charles…

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