Thursday, October 28, 2010

A parents anguish

And all it's worth is a community sentence and three years loss of licence.

I could not be so understanding.

As for the judge- where was the example to others set?


UPDATE:

This article echos my sentiments well.

4 comments:

homepaddock said...

From the start the parents have shown an amazing capacity for forgiveness, they didn't want him jailed and I think the judge was right to abide by their wishes.

Anonymous said...

Such a cute little boy too. How devastating. But would locking up the driver change anything? Hard call, but its the parents I feel for, their loss is unimaginable, and maybe the driver should have been imprisoned for at least a few months. Is this too harsh?

Oswald Bastable said...

I understand what you say, but there is the bigger picture than the victims- that is the community at large need to be protected from such tragedies.

For this reason, part of a sentence needs to be a deterrent to others.

Specifically, petrol-heads who make dangerous and illegal modifications to their cars and drive then in a manner that makes them a menace to others.

Seamonkey Madness said...

Unlike other misanthropic scum, this lad felt - and still feels - genuine remorse, even going to the length of trying to resuscitate the boy he hit & killed. He was in tears trying to read out a statement after the sentencing.

He has learnt a lesson he is never going to forget. Don't expect to see him in anything bigger than a SmartCar, or in any car for that fact, in future. I even suspect that he will be travelling by bicycle, as driving a car and killing an innocent boy would have scarred him beyond words.