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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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

One More Thing....

Nobody can have been surprised to hear the outpouring of grief and rage from the Dowler family. They have suffered an unbearable loss, yet they must bear it.

One image sticks in my mind; Milly's mother, her face contorted with (understandable) hatred calling for Bellfield to be ill-treated in prison to make his life a 'living hell'.

If we still had leaders who believed in leading, this would have been the cue for a minister or some such to say that any prisoner, however dreadful his crime or vile his character, was entitled to be detained humanely and safely and that Bellfield should be and would be held with the same concern for his welfare as any other prisoner. Had anyone done so, the medieval-punishments lobby would have fallen on him, of course.