What is the penalty for such a crime?

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WITH reference to my letter in the Gazette dated February 17, regarding this ‘Crossbow Cannibal’ admitting he killed three woman, I feel I must write again.

To be fair to Sir Alan Beith, I received a third reply from him consisting of three lines of type with no address to my question regarding some debate on capital punishment in some form for such a killer admitting such a crime.

Sir Alan’s only address to this crime is to call it a “dreadful case” and he goes on to say there are very strong reasons not to reintroduce the death penalty, a view held by large numbers of members of parliament.

My question to him is, does this include a person admitting to killing three woman and why is such a stance taken? I simply cannot follow his logic, so why doesn’t he explain further?

If we examine this logic from Sir Alan and colleagues, they seem to be telling us all that so long as we are prepared to do the time, we can do the crime including murder and admit to it.

So who is most at risk in such a weird lottery of crime? Certainly not a killer because he, or she, must next kill time given a prison term and not least a prison library ticket to kill boredom. We law-abiding folk don’t seem to prosper a great deal, or at all, due to this elite group of ministers, whose only thought appears to be for the criminal so far as murder is concerned.

My time seems to have been wasted in being vigilant and trying to alert Sir Alan’s coalition to save £40,000 plus on prison fees when saving money is seento be paramount. Are three lives worthy of such scant response? Again I rest my case.

Stan Thompson,

West Acre,

Alnwick