Cobby story stirs up emo­tion

Should Aus­tralia re-in­tro­duce the death penalty?

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

THE Mon­day night screen­ing of “Anita” had me on the edge of my seat for the en­tire pro­gram.

I was 13-years-old when Anita Cobby was hor­rif­i­cally killed by five men, 30 years ago.

I can still re­mem­ber all the din­ner con­ver­sa­tions with my par­ents about Anita; it would’ve been one of the first stranger dan­ger lessons given to me by my par­ents.

Thirty years on and the story con­tin­ues to con­cern and out­rage the pub­lic.

In the screen­ing, Anita’s hus­band John said the men should’ve been put to death 30 years ago.

His state­ment gave me goose­bumps, and made me think, if Aus­tralia was to re-in­tro­duce the death penalty where do we draw the line in terms of who lives and who dies?

I am not in favour of the death penalty but on the other hand, why should they live when they have taken the life of an­other?

If the death penalty was re-in­tro­duced in Aus­tralia would we see a de­crease in hor­rific crimes?

Or are we blind to the fact that crim­i­nals will find a way to buck the sys­tem?

John Cobby said if the five men where ever re­leased he would kill them.

Is re­venge the an­swer?

Aus­tralian ra­dio host John Laws ap­par­ently read Anita’s au­topsy re­port live on ra­dio to his au­di­ence.

Was Mr Laws out of line? Or should the com­mu­nity be told of the graphic de­tails?

Would you want to know the gritty de­tails if you were in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion as Anita’s fam­ily?

Where do you stand on the death penalty?

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