Eye for an eye
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