Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court.
Judge gavel, scales of justice and law books in court.

Justice not served in sentences for serious crimes

IN THE Daily (December 18) a local man who bashed another man is sentenced to 18 months in jail, suspended after serving four months...an apology offered to victim, however, no costs awarded to assist with bills (estimated $50,000) for ongoing trauma counselling and dental/medical procedures to rectify teeth/mouth problems.

A speeding driver, a local, who killed an on-duty traffic controller in November 2017 is sentenced to six years' jail but will be eligible for parole in November 2019.

And in the Daily (December 19), also local, the seven-year prison sentence handed down to the man who delivered the one coward punch causing the death of an innocent young man in January 2016 has been extended by 2.5 years following a successful appeal.

Meanwhile, in Victoria, a bus driver who ignored warning signs and drove into a low bridge, seriously injuring a number of his passengers, is sentenced to more than five years in jail.

Incarceration isn't going to change what we must live with after a tragic incident but the sentences handed down by the judges need to reflect the seriousness of the crime, send a message to the public that life is valued, that bad and anti-social behaviour in any form will not be tolerated in our society.

ANN CLOKE

Alexandra Headland

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