Take the chance given by judge

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - COMMENT -

In a ges­ture of com­pas­sion a judge has agreed to his early re­lease fol­low­ing the tragic death of his young daugh­ter from a rare heart con­di­tion.

Opinion will be di­vided on this. Some will say a pun­ish­ment is a pun­ish­ment.

But the fam­ily will have to con­tend with ter­ri­ble heart­break and if hav­ing Fife home at Christ­mas of­fers them some sup­port then, per­haps, the ap­peal court was right to show com­pas­sion and cut his sen­tence.

For Fife this is a un­doubt­edly a dif­fi­cult time but hope­fully it will also be a turn­ing point.

We can all have the deep­est sym­pa­thy for his and his fam­ily’s ter­ri­ble loss and we wish them some com­fort at Christ­mas time.

But there will be no sym­pa­thy if Fife does not take the op­por­tu­nity given to him by the judge – he must stay away from what he him­self called the “wrong crowd” that led him down the path of drug deal­ing in the first place.

Now he must fo­cus on sup­port­ing his fam­ily when they need him most... we wish him well with that.

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