Punishment Times: Justice or Disgrace?
June 27, 2008 1:58pm CST
A mother left her child alone in the house between friday to monday to visit her boyfriend. She left a pile of washing on the floor for her son to sleep on; She left plates of food on the floor for him and locked him in the kitchen... The boy was 2. She got sentenced 18 months. Similarly a woman and man worked in a pub below their house; Each day they left her daughter upstairs and eventually she died of starvation and neglect. The woman was sentenced for 18 years in prison for which, in england, she's likely to serve 9 years; the man was sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for which he'll serve 2.5 years if on good behaviour, this is because he was recently new on the scene. Personally i think it's disgusting the way these people were charged and sentenced.This is a regular occurance in court with charging the guilty, where they dont seem to get enough. After a personal experience with the courts and my own dad i find it rarely is good enough... tell me your opinion on the stories and do you think they were fairly charged?
• United States
27 Jun 08
My belief that the penalties often do not fit the crime is firm. Tell me, what would happen if these people you mention were forced to live the way they left their children to live? If that penalty were enforced and well publicized, it would be cause for people to think before they act. It amazes me that people commit these crimes and then get away with a slap on the wrist. The guy who was "new on the scene" deserved to get a harsher punishment as well. He might have been new to the issue, but he enabled this to still happen to an innocent child. It disgusts me that our countries are filled with bleeding hearts who will rally for the guilty as being mistreated. What about their victims? Who rallied for them?
27 Jun 08
lol i agree totally with everything you wrote. Thank you for replying and let's hope in future there's someone that will stand up firmly in government and give us the justice those children need and what the public need to be able to see what they can't do. Does money really matter when it's keeping the rapists and abusers from harming us?
27 Jun 08
i know what you mean.. It's becoming more and more common with abusing children through various means even though its illegal..which is why it's begs the question: If abusing these children is illegal and the child suffers from it for the rest of their life.. does a top of 9 years combat or ease the effects in any way? Personally i think no but maybe you guys think otherwise. Thank you for replying