The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

How Original

Today's 'Sun' has an editorial comment on the sentence imposed on a teenager, 14 at the time, who murdered a boy in horrible circumstances:-
Today, murderers are seen as victims who need help, not condemnation. Hamer will spend his sentence being counselled and comforted and then set free.
The real life sentence will be served by Joe’s mum and dad.
So presumably twelve years is not enough, and Hamer should not receive any rehabilitative treatment while he is inside. What do you suggest then, Rebekah? 20 years? 40? And what shall we do with him? Breaking rocks? Do let us know your thoughts on penal policy - after all if you punch your husband again you might be back in a cell for a bit longer than last time.