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October 9th, 2008

Sack the lot of ’em

Posted in Other Stuff by 200

(…Judges that is)

I don’t agree that everyone who commits a crime should be sent to prison, at least not in the current format. There are, however plenty of people who deserve prison & more of it.

Luke McCormick is just one such specimen. If you’re a football fan, you’ll know who McCormick is, if you’re not a football fan, you won’t be surprised at yet another disgraceful example from a sport which has such a high amount of disgraces for such a small group of people.

McCormick spent the night quaffing wine & champagne at a wedding reception lasting some 12 hours. He went to bed at around 2am in his hotel room but got up two hours later & decided to drive home to confront his fiance over rumours she was cheating.

He was over twice the legal drink-drive limit when his car ploughed into the back of a Toyota containing the Peak family. Husband Phil has been left in a wheelchair, his two sons Arron, 10 & Ben, 8, were killed.

Evidence presented at the trial this week showed McCormick had driven at speeds in excess of 100mph narrowly avoiding leaving the road or colliding with other motorists before he hit the Peaks’ car as they travelled home from a day trip to Silverstone.

The maximum sentence for causing death by dangerous driving is 14 years. McCormick was convicted of this offence which involved killing two children. The sentence he received was just 7 years. With the usual guidelines for serving sentences he will be eligible for release in just 3 1/2 years.

If the maximum sentence is 14 years & this guy gets half of that (and will serve just a quarter) & he’s killed two children while drunk at the wheel,  one has to ask what the hell do you have to do to get the maximum sentence?

It’s cases like this which make a complete & utter mockery of the sentencing system in this country. If it wasn’t so sad it would be laughable.

Mind you, the judge in the case, Paul Glenn, has ‘previous’. In 2007 he jailed trucker Robert Murray for just 4 1/2 years over a crash which killed two children when he failed to see a car whilst putting his mobile on charge. He crashed into a Renault Clio killing 13-year old Rebecca Casterton & her friend 12-year-old Lauren Brooks.

How long do we have to put up with behaviour like this from our judges, it’s a bloody disgrace. Can there be anyone in the country who really agrees with this kind of sentence?