Justice is not murder

IF I may I’d like to thank Mr Brown from Warkworth for showing interest and concern and replying to my letter in the first instant in Gazette, February 17.

We did not agree and I was said to be outdated and immoral in asking Sir Alan Beith to debate the capital punishment law because of this “Crossbow Cannibal’s” admission to killing three women.

This person is surprised that Sir Alan Beith replied to such a letter, and I am myself surprised at such a comment when he is our MP.

Let me say to this person that we have neither the time or money to pursue this “pipe dream” with criminal behaviour. We shall always have such people and how many murderers have done their time in prison and on release repeated their crime again?

A judge may give a murderer 10 years in prison and someone’s life now may last for 75 years, so 10 from this figure leaves 65 which I find is not a fair exchange.

We must offer concern and help to those who survive death from such people and my thoughts go to the young lady who lost both legs in the London bombing, yet was determined to walk down the aisle at her wedding.

Courage of this calibre needs all the support possible and I say to our MP and his colleagues, are votes for criminals more important that addressing and dealing properly with those who have killed and behaved badly?

In reply to Mr Brown’s letters of February 24, concerning the “Crossbow Cannibal” having admitted to killing three women, he says murder is murder, no matter what.

My opinion differs slightly because murder in the first part is a crime committed by someone for whatever reason and taking away someone’s life, which I find absolutely outrageous.

I find this acceptance of such a crime unbelievable and to say we are no better than the criminal offering punishment similar in life terms is absolute nonsense – the criminal took a life unlawfully and must pay the penalty of such a crime which can not be classified as murder in my opinion.

Mr Brown should be aware that to visit records of archive material of crime he would find that there are people who were given a prison term for murder and completed it, only on release to commit a similar crime.

This lottery of crime puts the lawful person at a total disadvantage, the criminal knows time is all they shall lose and if they are prepared to do the time it says someone’s life is to be taken and we call this murder (no matter what).

Let me end my letter and thank Mr Brown for interest in my letter and to say I don’t favour capital punishment unless as in this case it is without risk and may I also say I carried a gas mask to my school and albeit blackout was with us all we could live much freer than today without the “bleeding hearts” society.

Stan Thompson,

West Acres, Alnwick