Why at­tack a de­fence­less cou­ple?

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SIL­VER­GLEN is reel­ing. Ruth­less killers have blood­ied the green neigh­bour­hood, snuff­ing out the life of one of its well-known cit­i­zens. The four killers, pos­ing as prospec­tive buy­ers for the house, sat and had tea and cake and then showed their grat­i­tude by pulling out their knives and plung­ing them into the el­derly cou­ple.

For­mer South­lands School prin­ci­pal Gona Pil­lay was fa­tally stabbed and her hus­band crit­i­cally wounded.

What threat could a ter­ri­fied, el­derly cou­ple pose to four adult men? As it was planned, couldn’t they have locked the cou­ple in the bath­room, ran­sacked the house and left with their booty? And what man would stab a de­fence­less wo­man?

But how dumb of the trainee es­tate agent? Couldn’t he re­alise that he would be the first sus­pect? Per­haps he’s al­ready got his de­fence. He didn’t know that the “buy­ers” he took to the Pil­lays’ house were killers.

Those fa­mil­iar with the crim­i­nal mind will tell you that such ruth­less killers do not have the milk of hu­man com­pas­sion. For them, to show mercy is not manly. It’s a sign of weak­ness.

So should so­ci­ety show com­pas­sion to such dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals? If caught and con­victed, should they be jailed at the tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense? Is the crim­i­nal more im­por­tant than the vic­tim?

THYA­GARAJ MARKANDAN

Sil­ver­glen

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