Eye for an eye

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AN EYE for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.

A bit of rough jus­tice in days gone by, no doubt about that, but ef­fi­cient.

In this age of su­per fine law, in many cases jus­tice in the pub­lic mind takes se­cond place to law.

To­day the news is full of hand wring­ing over beaten up women and one-punch killings but what sort of real jus­tice is be­ing handed out to th­ese per­pe­tra­tors?

We see rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the law try­ing to get them off with in­sipid ex­cuses and, in many cases, they are al­lowed to wan­der off on pa­role un­til some time in the fu­ture their case is heard.

I dare­say most men in their youth have had a bit of a fight or two with their mates when a few punches are thrown and hon­our is served with a black eye or thick ear, and life goes on.

But th­ese mo­rons who throw an un­ex­pected king hit or come up and hit some­one with a punch to the back of the head be­cause they are too gut­less to face the per­son de­serve no mercy.

Along with what­ever sen­tence th­ese peo­ple are given, a few rounds with a trained fighter to give them a new out­look on life, I think most peo­ple would con­sider jus­tice.

But, of course, the law mak­ers would frown upon it and there would be screams of bar­baric be­hav­iour.

Demon­stra­tions have shown that peo­ple are un­happy with many ver­dicts as be­ing too le­nient for the crime com­mit­ted be­cause of some fine point of the law over­rid­ing nat­u­ral jus­tice.

This is not just a mat­ter of a fair trial in the morn­ing and hang em in the af­ter­noon, but a real­ist sen­tence for cer­tain crimes that would make many po­ten­tial of­fend­ers stop in their tracks and think again.

Peo­ple want to see jus­tice for jus­tice sake, an eye for an eye if you like to call it that, but not mis­cre­ants be­ing turned loose over some su­per fine point of the law. John Tyree Wil­son Beach

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