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A comparison

November 17, 2006
A man who was sentenced to a Community Order for attacking his mother went out and raped a woman in an alleyway within hours of leaving court. Thanks to the intervention of a number of passers-by, this monster was detained, arrested, charged and put before the courts (again)

He was found guilty and sentenced to life, with a recommendation that he serves at least six years – this approximates to the lifespan of the average chicken – is there any significance?

On the same day, a man is found guilty of producing extra strong cannabis and is sentenced to five years in prison. Now we all know that he will only serve half this sentence, but assuming he misbehaves in prison, he could end up serving about the same length of time as the rapist.

Now don’t get me wrong, the drug dealer deserves to be sent down for a long time, but why on earth does a man who effectively ruins the life of a completely innocent woman get sent down for only six years?

Recently, there were complaints that a very small percentage of rape cases result in a conviction, yet here we are, with a rapist banged to rights and he gets a measly six year tariff. If he apologises and does all the right things, he could be out in time to go to the Olympics in London. How must the victim feel about this?

I hope the CPS appeal the sentence – it doesn’t come anywhere near reflecting the seriousness of the offence and does nothing to improve the regard in which the justice system is held by victims of sexual offences.

PS – The lads who helped detain this rapist deserve recognition – the judge awarded them £200 each out of public funds. How many others would have done the same? Good on you guys!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. PCSO permalink
    November 18, 2006 01:26

    I thought this was a great show of community’s policing their own communities.
    It’s something people don’t seem to do anymore, for a number of reasons, fear of prosecution etc.

    Well done lads!

  2. Anonymous permalink
    November 18, 2006 13:40

    “he could be out in time to go to the Olympics in London.”
    That could be 2014 by the sound of it.

  3. gonorr permalink
    November 18, 2006 20:02

    I think this highlights the fact, that sooner or later, someone is going to go off the rails in a big way in protest at this sort of sentencing.

    It’s not something I agree with at all, (the going off the rails.) but something I understand. I really don’t know what I’d do if this happened to my wife or daughters and this was the end result…..

  4. © Karelian Blonde permalink
    November 19, 2006 16:55

    The victims WHOLE LIFE and trust have been ruined and she will never get out of the hell he put her into. I hope she is a strong one, because I’d hate to think what it will do to her when she hears he is out.

    And well done the lads! Us women would like to think that there are real heroes about when needed.

  5. totallyun-pc permalink
    November 20, 2006 10:25

    £200.00 seems a bit crass. A bravery or community (hate that word) commendation may have been more rewarding in the long run!

    Ps, Stan, your in. Thanks!

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