Thursday 11 February 2010 5.33pm
I will never understand the finer points of this country's legal system. I'm surely not the only one who thinks the term, 'Life imprisonment,' is a joke. I heard news of the latest such sentence on the radio this afternoon. A woman has been given life for murdering her lover by poisoning his food. She has been told that she will spend a minimum of 23 years behind bars. She's 45 at the moment, so with a stunning bit of maths I reckon she could be out when she's 68. Not 'life' then is it?
The thing that really gets my goat though is how do they square a sentence like that one with ones where children have been involved? There have been cases in recent years where children have been abused and tortured to death, and the 'life' sentence has just about reached double figures. I know it's only Chalkey having another rant, but there is nothing more precious than the life of a child. So if anyone can throw some light on how such perpetrators can be handed ten, twelve or even fifteen year sentence under the term, 'life,' when they should throw away the key, then I'm all ears.