Thoughts on Justice by Cam
This is allegedly a bit cold hearted:
A “STRONG and controlling” woman accused of teasing severely malnourished children by denying them food has been ordered to stand trial in the District Court.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is among six adults charged with endangering the lives of five of the 21 children who lived in squalor at a Parafield Gardens Housing Trust property. The other adults also face charges of criminal neglect and causing serious harm.
Yesterday, Elizabeth Magistrates Court heard the woman, 34, would make porridge and then tease several of the children, who were so weak they were at times unable to stand.
– Woman taunted kids with food, Adelaide Advertiser, 25/9/09
That seems unnecessarily cruel, doesn’t it? I mean, sure, neglect your kids, but don’t rub the neglect in their faces.
What do you reckon the chances are that she’ll get off with a slap on the wrist? Meanwhile, basically good blokes are getting put away for over 20 years:
A cold-blooded executioner who shared a final beer with his victim before shooting him in the head has been sentenced to 21 years’ jail.
Michael Patrick Flaherty, 38, will serve at least 16 years for the murder of Stephen Witham, who he killed in isolated bushland in August 2006.
The Supreme Court heard Witham, 42, had two months earlier moved into Flaherty’s Berwick unit but the relationship quickly soured when Witham, described as an aggressive stand-over man, assaulted Flaherty’s girlfriend and her son.
Justice Stephen Kaye said Flaherty recruited a group of friends to help evict Witham from the flat and on August 13, 2006, hog-tied him with cable ties and rope, wrapped him in a doona, and drove him three hours to Turtle’s Creek, near Leongatha.
Witham at one stage escaped from the car but was caught by Flaherty who kicked him in the face before returning him to the car’s boot.
The court heard Witham was taken to a remote bush track where he requested a final beer before his death.
The victim and his killer drank and talked before Flaherty kicked Witham off the track, causing him to roll down a steep embankment and into dense bush where he asked a final favour – not to be shot in the face.
Flaherty acquiesced, turning his housemate over before shooting him in the back of the head with a shotgun.
– 21 years jail for killer who granted victim final beer, The Age, 22/7/09
I only hope that my friends are so kind when I pass away.