A life sentence. What should this be? In my opinion it should mean that the scum of the earth who have done something heinous enough to be given this as their sentence should not be allowed to see the light of day again!
I do not have a law background so am not passing comment pretending to know all the ins and outs of our Justice System but it just seems more often than not that people are doing the wrong thing, the Police are pulling out all stops to ensure that these pathetic excuses for human beings are captured only to have the courts let them off with reduced sentences or slaps on the wrist. I’m sorry but I don’t think just because someone co-operated with the courts they should get any kind of special treatment or leniency in their sentence. If you did wrong then you suffer the consequences.
I guess the thing that has made my blood boil recently is the whole circumstances around the death of Jill Meagher. I think it’s safe to say that this event affected many Australians on different levels. Women became a little scared, the streets seemed that little bit more unsafe but the outpouring of emotion from random strangers was phenomenal. The Police Force pulled out all stops and worked around the clock to ensure that whoever was responsible for this was caught and he was. He plead guilty. He had form. He is what I would describe as the worst kind of evil. One that walks among us, blending in, living his life, yet with thoughts that you and I couldn’t even comprehend.
ABC News reported that he had been convicted in the past of raping 5 prostitutes. Should it matter that they were prostitutes? Shouldn’t it have been that he raped 5 women? Should a profession have any bearing on a sentence? He was found guilty of what he did… Rape… and was jailed for a minimum of 8 years. Prior to this conviction he was jailed for 22 months of a 5 year sentence for sexual assault. This man had a history and is obviously very disturbed. The judge in Jill Meagher’s case described the sexual attack on her as “a savage, violent rape, of the worst kind” and yet he only sentenced him to 15 years of a maximum penalty available of 25 years. Excuse my French but What the Fuck??? I don’t care how many degrees you have and how many certificates you have on your wall and how long you have been practicing law, you will never be able to explain to me why this perverted twisted evil person did not get the maximum penalty for this crime.
Because he was a good boy and plead guilty he will be eligible for parole in 35 years versus a sentencing without the option of parole if he hadn’t plead guilty. In my opinion, another one of our idiotic laws, just because you plead guilty you don’t get as harsh a sentence. If you’re guilty, you’re guilty. Whether or not you admit to it or the evidence is proven in a court of law, it shouldn’t have any baring on the sentence. This man degraded a woman in a way that cannot be fathomed or explained. He then killed her. If these actions don’t warrant the worst kind of punishment that is available to a human being then I don’t know what would. I will refrain from telling you what I would love to see happen to people like this but just think the worst you could come up with and then quadruple it.
We need to have punishment that fits the crime. Yes I know overcrowding in our prison systems is a problem but has anyone stopped and wondered if a more serious form of punishment was given the first time a lot of these repeat offenders were caught then maybe they would not be there today? You might say that’s a bit harsh and everyone deserves a second chance but I’m sorry, committing a crime that is potentially going to put you in jail obviously is pretty serious. If we gave a severe enough punishment the first time they did it then they may not re-offend. If we give a slap on the wrist and ask them nicely not to do it again, they why wouldn’t they?
Maybe I’m generalising and it could be seen that I’m stereotyping all people that get in trouble with the law but it just seems time and time again we see all this time and energy and effort from our forces go into trying to keep us safe in this world only for our Justice System to let them and us down by not delivering penalties that warrant the crime. I don’t see this ever changing, if anything, I think it will get worse because as I get older I see younger generations getting more slaps on the wrists and not being made to be accountable for their actions and I can’t see how that is going to change. I just hope to God that in years to come this cotton wool approach doesn’t come back to bite us on the ass…. I can’t see how it wont though…