Jail time is not a soft op­tion

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SUE Wade (Let­ters, Novem­ber 14) misses the point as to why our jus­tice sys­tem has jailed bru­tal rapist Sa­muel Ciornei for nine years in­stead of de­port­ing him (“Nine years for ‘sin­is­ter’ rapist”, The Her­ald, Novem­ber 14).

First, with open bor­ders, there would be noth­ing to stop him re-en­ter­ing the coun­try through our sea ports to re­of­fend, safe in the knowl­edge the only pun­ish­ment he will re­ceive is ejec­tion. That of course will be reme­died (hope­fully) over the next few years.

Sec­ondly, if Ms Wade thinks that Mr Ciornei is go­ing to en­joy a life of sloth­ful ease with full bed and board un­der HM Pris­ons, she’s been watch­ing too many episodes of Por­ridge. He’s got nine years of look­ing over his shoul­der from dawn to dusk.

At any time an­other pris­oner – in­clud­ing his own cell­mate whom he will be locked in with for up to 20 hours a day – may at­tack him with­out warn­ing in the hope of the am­ple re­wards from out­side “well­wish­ers” on the back of the in­evitable lurid tabloid head­lines when­ever a no­to­ri­ous in­mate is as­saulted (par­tic­u­larly if they get their fam­ily to spin a pre­pared “I’m no an­gel, but...” state­ment of faux moral out­rage), and with no guar­an­tee that the guards will res­cue him in time.

Mark Boyle,

15 Linn Park Gar­dens, John­stone.

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