BBC News – Serious criminals to serve two-thirds of jail term in justice shake-up
Yes, definitely a step in the right direction. However, I believe that serious criminals should serve the whole term of their sentence.
What is the point of laying down a punishment that the criminals know is just for show, knowing full well they will not serve the full time.
Sentences should act as a deterrent. And this is definitely a step in the right direction.
Well as near to justice as we can expect in this country.
Hashem Abedi along with his brother Salman, are the cowardly murderers of 22 people at the Manchester Arena in 2017.
Yesterday Hashem Abedi was sentenced at the Old Bailey, for his part in the atrocity, to be detained for a minimum of 55 years.
Abedi, a coward from the start, left his brother, Salman Abedi, to carry out the attack. He fled to Libya before the attack. And when it came down to it he refused to leave his cell at the Old Bailey, wouldn’t even face the families of his victims, for sentencing.
Some will be calling for the return of the death penalty. I would join that call. However, it would not help those that are left behind. 55 years is justice of a sort as it is likely that Abedi will remain incarcerated for the rest of his life.
But, there can never really be justice as the friends and families of the dead and injured, will have to live with the results of the Abedi brothers actions, for the rest of their lives.
Judge Peter Bowers has given the victims of burglars across the country a huge slap in the face with his comments, made during the trial of Richard Rochford.
Judge Bowers told him
It takes a huge amount of courage as far as I can see for someone to burgle somebody’s house. I wouldn’t have the nerve.
How out of touch is this idiot.
Just ask anyone who has returned home or awoken to find their home has been the target of a burglar. Ask them about their feelings. I am sure they will tell you about violation and desecration of their homes. I am pretty sure you will not find anyone to praise the courage of the burglar.
The judge’s job is to oversee and administer the law, to ensure that justice is done. What the victims of crime want is to see that justice is done.
Praising the criminals for their courage does not show justice at work.
Here is what the victims and their families think of Rochford and Judge Bowers
Rochford stole a wallet containing £500 of life savings when he raided the home of retired shipyard worker John Hopper, 73, and wife Vera, 71.
Daughter Sharon Hopper, 40, said: ‘I can’t believe what the judge said. What really took courage was my parents having to continue living in their house after he had invaded their privacy.
Rochford ransacked the home of Mark Clayton, 47, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan and Bosnia. Mr Clayton said the judge made a ‘grave misjudgment’. He added: ‘Picking dead bodies up after they’ve been blown up, to go into that takes courage. Walking into someone’s house on an opportunistic whim and basically devastating someone’s life by taking things that man has worked so hard for all his life, and taking it away without a thought, isn’t courage.’
Judge Bowers has made contradictory statements when passing down sentence on other burglars.
In May, he criticised sentencing guidelines that let first-time burglars escape with a ‘slap across the wrist’.
But weeks later, he allowed a man with almost 80 crimes on his record to walk free for a burglary committed four days after his release from prison, telling the court: ‘I must be getting soft in my old age.’
I think he, Judge Bowers, is getting soft in his old age. He has been a judge for over twenty years and I think it is time for him, at the age of 67, to stand down.
He has lost his sense of perspective and he is not serving the British public as they should be served.