What is four years for a fatal beating?
That was the sentence as reported in The Abbotsford News Friday October 7, 2011. It was for the beating death of a common-law spouse. Apparently she had a known heart condition and he not only chose to beat her (drunk is NOT an excuse for driving a vehicle in Canada any longer and in my opinion it is NOT an excuse for cruel, inhumane physical or emotional battering either) but according the report, he left her there without assistance afterward. She died. Should this known heart condition not have been more reason to increase his sentence, not less?
He was remorseful according the report: “would not have done this if he had been sober.” Read the article yourself here:
Justice or not? You already know my opinion on this from my opening question.
Everyone will have a different viewpoint and that’s fine. If it was your Mom, sister, friend, relative who died, would this really be okay with you? Why are we not allowed to drive drunk and kill people? What’s the difference between driving drunk or beating drunk?
It’s all a choice in my opinion. I cannot understand this sentencing and am sure I never will.
My thoughts are with the dead woman’s family this third Thanksgiving weekend without her. She did not deserve to die this way and they did not deserve to lose her this way.
Years ago I wrote a piece of approximately 5,000 words for a justice publication. The topic was domestic violence and new services to address/stop it. In doing the research, I kept hearing from people working in various levels or branches of the social system, “why do these women stay?” or “what is wrong with these women?” or “these hysterical *itches will just go back again, why bother?”
Like I said in that piece, “Why doesn’t HE just stop?”
Domestic violence is all too common with women, children and men (yes, men) enduring abuses daily. We already know what her family will say. What do you say?