Jus­tice sys­tem

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

Am I old fash­ioned or just out of touch with re­al­ity?

On April 30 a judge sen­tenced four young men to ‘‘life’’ im­pris­on­ment for the road­side stab­bing and sub­se­quent death of a young man af­ter a party, Cen­tral Leader, May 3.

Did they get life? Oh no they will spend the next 13 years in prison for what to me was a cold blooded at­tack on a young man caus­ing his death.

In my youth if you were sen­tenced to ‘‘life’’ that’s what you served – no if, buts or maybes. Our jus­tice sys­tem is a laugh. Of­fend­ers get ei­ther home de­ten­tion or com­mu­nity ser­vice which to me is just a slap with a wet bus ticket and leaves the way open for them to com­mit more crimes.

As a side note: Ear­lier this month when I ar­rived at Alexan­dra Park I was hor­ri­fied to fine some scum bags had stolen the beau­ti­ful coloured bronze head of Cardi­gan Bay off his plinth and they had also tried to take the plinth but it was ob­vi­ously too heavy to take as well.

The old gen­tle­man who spent many weeks mak­ing the head and last year re-colour­ing and polishing it will be dev­as­tated when he finds out.

I bet those re­spon­si­ble will try to knock it off to a dealer for a few measly dollars. Time for the courts to get some com­mon sense.

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