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.