Dear Editor, The do-gooders arrive in droves worrying about the safety of the Baby Peter killers, his mother, Tracey Connelly, Steven Barker, and his equally nefarious brother Jason Owen, a trio that inflicted more than 50 injuries on this poor child, broken ribs, broken back, a finger pulled off, an ear lobe ripped off.
Barker and Owen brutalised their own 83-year-old grandmother, tortured animals, yet were left alone to brutalise this vulnerable baby. The sentence of just five years for his mother’s brutality is appalling. In the US that would have been 50 years.
New identities, a new passport, probably housing and transport, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands. Those in authority who failed this baby now appeal to tribunals claiming six figure sums compensation. The whole situation regarding crime and punishment in this country beggars all rational belief.
I wonder just what has gone so badly wrong in relation to crime and punishment, with lame excuses for offenders, Probation Officers who see no evil in any criminal.
In the 1980s Birmingham criminals lived in fear of the judiciary, Sir Michael Argyle, Recorder of the city, Gilbert Griffiths QC, Malcolm Potter, QC, all handing out lengthy commensurate sentences, that met the severity of criminals and their anti-social actions, actions that law abiding Birmingham citizens have now become sick and tired of, along with the sentences of weak judges in our own Crown Court.
Michael Kelly, Kings Heath