Adding to nightmare; Your Say.I TOTALLY agree with Brenda Watson of T.A.S.C. (This Isn't What We Call Justice 27.08.09).
From the very day murder happens to a close one, you begin a heart-broken learning curve. Murder affects not only the parents but the whole family and friends. It changes your life forever.
Like Brenda, I expected at least justice and had faith that I would get it - I was wrong.
Instead we were made to feel that the victim had little value and their life was of no consequence. Which, in turn, has a deep agonising effect on the victim's family and adds to the nightmare.
To quote: (The sentencing guideline council ADVISES that maximum sentence should be given in cases of premeditated pre·med·i·tat·ed
Characterized by deliberate purpose, previous consideration, and some degree of planning: a premeditated crime. assault where a weapon was used or where really serious injury or permanent disfigurement dis·fig·ure
tr.v. dis·fig·ured, dis·fig·ur·ing, dis·fig·ures
To mar or spoil the appearance or shape of; deform.
[Middle English disfiguren, from Old French desfigurer results).
Does this mean if a person says "I didn't mean to kill" or "I didn't mean to cause bodily harm The medical idea of (grievous) bodily harm is more specific than legal ideas of assault or violence in general, and distinct from property damage.
It refers to lasting harm done to the body, human or otherwise, although in its legal sense it is exclusively defined as lasting " it's OK and they get a lesser sentence? If a person administers a blow powerful enough to kill or seriously harm, the driving force and the intent is there through their thought process that leads to their actions and this should be seriously reflected upon when the sentence is given.
If this is what the sentence council says, I would like to ask them why can one judge administer a hefty sentence and another give a lesser one for murder? There should be a set sentence of the maximum for taking a person's life and harming.
The safety of the public should be a priority, we do not want these people walking among us to harm and kill again. Give them the sentence they deserve.
I ask the same question as Brenda, "What price do you put on a life".
COUNCILLOR BARBARA DUNNE, Ayresome ward councilor coun·cil·or also coun·cil·lor
A member of a council, as one convened to advise a governor. See Usage Note at council.