Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lenient Justice

The widow of murdered headmaster Philip Lawrence said there was "something rotten" at core of the Human Rights Act which allowed her husband's killer, Learco Chindamo, to remain in Britain.

There certainly is something rotten here but the place to look isn't in the Human Rights legislation, it's in the British justice system itself.

Frances Lawrence, whose husband was stabbed to death as he protected a pupil outside his school in Maida Vale, said she felt there was no longer a link between the law and morality.

It is ridiculous that a convicted murderer is being allowed to remain in the country but there's another and perhaps more important issue here-

Chindamo...was jailed for life in 1996 and is expected to be released next year.

The Human Rights legislation wouldn't be an issue here if the jail time wasn't such a preposterous joke- this criminal stabbed a man to death and yet his so-called life sentence is barely over a decade. For a murder? That's just ridiculous. Perhaps if life actually meant for the remainder of his life there would be a bigger deterrence to criminals thinking of committing a crime and those convicted of crimes wouldn't be allowed out onto the streets again to commit more crimes. How many times have you read of crimes taking place and for the culprit to have a string of convictions to their name already?

"It is another example of how the law seems to have by-passed humanity. There seems to be a schism between lawyers and men and women in the community."

I don't think there can be any argument against that.

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