The nation is shocked and sickened by a stabbing death of Masa Vukotic in Doncaster, Melbourne on Tuesday. Her killer, Sean Christian Price, has turned himself in and has been charged with mulitiple violent offences, including Vulkotic’s murder.
I could just imagine how this story could unfold. Price has been a violent offender for most of his life, has received minimal sentences, past complaints ignored, etc, etc etc. I could just imagine it.
Why does it take the murder of a beautiful young girl (she was only 17) for people to talk about safety and inadequate sentencing? Why does it take a family to grieve the loss of a daughter, sister, friend, etc to get society to have a frank discussion both about personal safety and preventative measures in the future?
And, I’ve got to say, if it did turn out that Price had multiple convictions and multiple violence offences, why do the courts continuously not give them life or at least a significant sentence? I honestly don’t get it. It happens again and again and again.
Both Man Monis and Adrian Bayley had a string of violent crimes and convictions before they committed their most horrendous and publicly condemned crimes (which of course was the Lindt Cafe siege last year and the murder of ABC employee Jill Meagher back in 2012). Both of these men had violent histories, sometimes extending years.
So, I’ll put it to people working in law and the legal system… I honestly want to know, why is it so hard to put known violent offenders behind bars for life? Why are known violent offenders often repeatedly let to commit another crime?
Now, I’m not going to condemn all judges and say that they don’t take their jobs seriously or whatever. I’m sure most do, but something is wrong. Are judges given the wrong evidence by jury? Is it pressure to give a lesser sentence than what should be given? Is it the fact that everyone in the legal system is overworked and tired? Look, I don’t want anyone from the legal sector to be crucified here. It’s just that there seems to be a pattern of violent offenders either being dropped of the radar (as was allegedly the case with Man Monis), or violent offenders being let out of jail just to reoffend again (as was Adrian Bayley’s case, I think).
So what’s the answer? Working out some way to lessen the workload for legal professionals? Stricter mandatory sentencing? Better ways to look at evidence at trials? Or something else? Because I think it’s getting to the point where everyone is sick of the fear, the constant flow of known violent criminals being let out in the public, the constant debate about public safety, particularly about women and all the other things that just happen again and again and again. I know I’m getting sick of it.