‘Crim­i­nals will just abuse this pol­icy, they’ll work the sys­tem’

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News -

Stacey Mc­clel­land’s hus­band craig Mc­clel­land was mur­dered by James Wright – aged 25 – in July last year.

the con­victed crim­i­nal was ‘un­law­fully at large’ for al­most six months af­ter de­stroy­ing his elec­tronic tag.

Here, Mrs Mc­clel­land tells of her anger at pos­si­ble plans to treat adults as young of­fend­ers. She writes: IF the jus­tice sys­tem were any softer, you would need to ask, is this re­ally pun­ish­ment? Lady Dor­rian’s re­view will cause more dev­as­ta­tion than crime preven­tion. So many peo­ple con­victed of crimes will just abuse this pol­icy and work the sys­tem. This will put yet more peo­ple at risk.

It’s about time the jus­tice sys­tem tough­ened up so that peo­ple learned their lessons first time round.

I have no words to de­scribe how I feel about what hap­pened to Craig. I have searched my brain time and time again to process some kind of an­swer. My emo­tions have frozen over to cope. I am forced to wear a mask ev­ery day to deal with the grief. I don’t be­lieve jus­tice ex­ists for Craig but the clos­est thing I can get to it is an in­quiry into his death. I need to find out what hap­pened that meant his killer could roam free. My chil­dren are left with­out a dad and all be­cause of the neg­li­gence and reck­less­ness of govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions.

We de­serve to get an­swers about why James Wright was able to mur­der in cold blood while on bail.

Craig’s death rep­re­sents what could hap­pen to any mem­ber of the pub­lic. That night he was bru­tally mur­dered it could have been any­one, an­other fam­ily shat­tered.

The shield that was sup­posed to pro­tect us fell down and left in­no­cent peo­ple vul­ner­a­ble.

Be­cause of the jus­tice sys­tem’s mis­takes my boys will never ex­pe­ri­ence their daddy. It can’t hap­pen to other peo­ple.

MUR­DERED: Craig McLel­land, pic­tured with his wife Stacey

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