I HAVE noticed over the past few years letters sent into the opinion column regarding light sentences that have been handed out by the local court.
Some of these letters have been written by very experienced ex-police officers of many years’ service.
Since then nothing has changed.
A slap on the wrist punishment seems to be the norm.
No one in the court system of any position, namely judges and magistrates, have had the courage to answer any of these questions.
Are the jails full? Is there no room to put them away?
We all make mistakes and deserve a chance but when they break bond/bail time and time again, why waste the police and courts’ time giving them another chance?
We are all feeling this criminal activity by increased insurances, cost for security, loss of income by hard working business people and also health problems.
I feel sorry for the brave police men and women who go about their daily tasks only to be abused, assaulted, spat on, threatened by these mongrels, only to see them get off lightly.
It’s about time the courts toughened up the sentences for these career criminals.
We are all sick of it.
— B.A. HOWARD,