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MUGGING - 1987

Date: 10th June 2013


I was just trying to sort out a lot of old paperwork and came across the Police Summons received for me to appear in court with regard to my mugging within the TV Centre in 1987.  That in itself was interesting because the four young men kept changing their plea.  Finally when they put in a plea of guilty, my husband and I were allowed to leave the country and take our holiday which had been on hold, When we returned we learned that at the last minute, and after we had gone abroad,  they changed the plea again to one of Not Guilty and that led to a Court Case lasting over 2 days.  

The names of the four who carried out the attack were listed on the document. I typed one of the names onto the Internet and was absolutely shocked to read that despite being jailed for 5 years in 1987 for  over 50  burglaries and my mugging, this young thug and two others tortured and murdered a man in 2004 whilst high on drink and drugs.  I think the young man only served half his 5 year sentence.

The three  were jailed ‘for life’. However in our country ‘life’ doesn’t mean ‘life’ and my mugger will be eligible for parole in 2019. By then he will be just short of the age of his 52 year old victim. If released, he could enjoy several decades of life – that life he denied a middle aged man.

Where is the justice in all of this. I despair.

I believe and always have done in Capital Punishment for Crimes of Terrorism and Premeditated Murder.  The do-gooders always cry out that there could be 'miscarriages of justice' - tell that to the victims of murderers who have been released and murdered again.  Many years ago, I was told by a very senior police officer that out of 80 murderers  who had been released, half had gone on to murder again.  I have never forgotten his words.  



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