Punishment should fit crime
The Canadian justice system has once again proved how little it cares for the victims of crime.
I am referring to the sentencing of Michael Rafferty for the crimes of rape and murder of an eight-year-old schoolgirl, Victoria Stafford.
Society should do everything possible to show its respect and value for victims of crime.
In the case of murder, there is nothing that we can do to bring back the deceased but we can show our reverence for the life taken by imposing the highest form of punishment on the perpetrator. That, theoretically, would be capital punishment.
However, it has been well-documented that innocent people in the past have been executed, therefore the proper sentence would be life in prison till death.
I am sad to say that is not what Michael Rafferty received. Rafferty will only serve 25 years and then possibly get out on parole.
Rafferty is only 31, so when he is 56 he could very well be walking the streets of some Canadian city. In 25 years, Victoria Stafford will only be a faded memory to most Canadians, if they remember her at all. This is just not right or fair. Doug Smith writes from Grand
Editor’s note: this letter also appeared in the May 18 edition of The Telegram