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Our motoring laws are cheapening human life

01 September, 2017

• OUR courts sometimes offer more questions than they answer, as in the recent case of a student who killed a pedestrian.

He had driven at speed hurtling the poor man 15 feet into the air and landing him 147 feet away. He received merely a suspended prison sentence, enabling him to walk free from the court.

Earlier a sympathetic judge had postponed the culprit’s sentencing to enable him to complete his degree course.

The student was fined £520, scarcely a realistic punishment for someone with a sports car. He was ordered to do 250 hours of unpaid work and to complete a 20-day rehabilitation course; but he was not banned from driving.

Nobody seems to have considered the effects of all this upon the dead man’s family and friends or, indeed, upon us readers. Nor have any recommendations been made to avoid a repeat of the tragedy.

This judge ought to be sacked for incompetence because it was most unprofessional for him to sympathise with a killer just because that person is suffering from survivor’s guilt. In any case, what had he survived? Not being sent to prison? Not being banned from driving?

This case ought to be put on the stage so that the audience can see just how our motoring laws are cheapening human life.

ANTONY PORTER, W9

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