Thomas Wain­wright

The Oban Times - - Districts -

SO, THOMAS Wain­wright has been jailed for 12 years for caus­ing the death of much-loved Theresa Wade in a dread­ful road ac­ci­dent.

There was an im­me­di­ate re­sponse on our Face­book page af­ter we pub­lished de­tails on Fri­day of Wain­wright’s sen­tenc­ing for caus­ing the hor­rific smash on Mull in 2015.

What sur­prised me was the po­lar­i­sa­tion of the com­ments. I had ex­pected across-the- board wel­com­ing of the prison term, with per­haps the only neg­a­tive com­ments be­ing that the 12-year tar­iff was not enough.

In­stead, there were a num­ber of com­ments say­ing that the term was, in fact, too harsh.

For what it is worth, I think the jail sen­tence is just about right. I had thought he might be given eight to 10 years, though I had hoped for longer.

I very much agree with the judge’s words when he con­demned Wain­wright by say­ing: ‘ You have shown no re­morse for your ac­tions – quite the con­trary. Your ar­ro­gance in giv­ing ev­i­dence and in the so­cial in­quiry re­port is quite stag­ger­ing. In your ev­i­dence you sought to put the blame on Miss Wade know­ing full well that her fam­ily were in the court lis­ten­ing to you.’ In­deed, Wain­wright’s cal­lous dis­re­gard for Theresa’s fam­ily and loved ones in a fee­ble at­tempt to get off with the crime is ex­e­crable and sur­passed only by his at­tempt to blame Theresa for the tragedy.

If any­thing, 12 years is the very least Wain­wright could have ex­pected. I hope he spends ev­ery day of it con­tem­plat­ing what he has done and finds some sense of re­morse.

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