Friday, September 12, 2014

Appropriate sentence

For once a court seems to have got the sentencing of a criminal something approaching appropriate for the crime.

Go back two and a half years to the day that three innocent people were killed by a drugged-up truck driver, which I posted about at the time.

Vincent George killed them when he crushed their little Ford Mondeo with his huge B-double truck. He's a serial offender, found guilty many times of drink driving and speeding, and he'd been banned from driving five times already.

On the day of the accident, he was high on illegally obtained methadone, was speeding and had been driving for the past 22 hours with a break of only 4½ hours.

He first tried to put the blame on an L-plater in front of him. Then he offered to plead guilty to a charge of dangerous driving occasioning death. Sensibly, that was rejected by the Crown. He was charged with three counts of manslaughter, and guilty is the verdict.

He was sentenced to 17 years in jail with a non-parole period of 12 years and nine months.

Whoever at his employer, another serial offender,  Lennons Transport,  gave him the job should be charged too, with aiding and abetting.

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