Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Nearly half too afraid to leave home at night

A disturbing 42 per cent of people are too afraid of yobs to leave home at night, a Mirror poll reveals today.

Half of those quizzed feel less safe than a decade ago. A third have called police about anti-social behaviour.

Is it any wonder this is the case? Knife crimes have doubled to 175 per day and the police and courts are powerless to do anything. You might think catching these criminals would mean that they are sent to prison. Sadly that is not the case in most circumstances as only 10% of those caught are actually sent to prison while others get away with a slap on the wrist.

Sometimes you aren’t even safe in your own home. Neil Stanway, a gang member was issued with an ASBO a year ago but that didn’t stop him from breaking into Bryan Lord’s home and battering him to death. If he was dealt with properly the first time this would never have happened.

Sometimes you aren’t safe from your husband either. Take Colin Read, a management consultant on £90,000 a year. He branded his wife with a hot steam iron because she had failed to press his shirt and slashed her with a knife because she had forgotten to make his sandwiches. You might think that justice would be served and that he would be sent to prison for a few months atleast. Unfortunately he received a £2000 fine which is nothing if you are on £90,000 a year.

He was spared even a community punishment because the judge ruled that "special circumstances" suggested he was unlikely to reoffend and his job meant he was too "busy" to find the time to complete any order.

I would have made him find time even if it meant losing his job. Justice in this country is a joke. No wonder people are too afraid to leave their home. The law abiding citizens will lose whatever they do. They either take it or fight back. If they fight back then they get sent to prison for harming the scum that make communities hell.

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